cov·​er·​ing | \ ˈkəv-riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio) , ˈkə-və- \

Definition of covering

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that covers or conceals



Definition of covering (Entry 2 of 2)

: containing explanation of or additional information about an accompanying communication a covering letter

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Examples of covering in a Sentence

Noun with the commotion on the dance floor as a covering, we were able to slip out undetected the plastic coverings on lamp shades should be removed
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Workers lowered themselves underground through metal coverings in the sidewalk and investigated the area. Lizzie Johnson,, "PG&E equipment catches fire in San Francisco, power outage shuts down ballet performance," 12 Feb. 2020 When media reviewers peeled off the plastic covering from the $2,000 device, calamity ensued. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Does This Apple Patent Mean What We Think It Means?," 6 Feb. 2020 Women without head-coverings who were spotted on one of Tehran’s many surveillance cameras received police summons by text. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 The practices outlined in the agreement to improve the booking process for those with religious head coverings better reflect these values. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Muslim woman who sued Ramsey County after jail staff forced her to remove her hijab reaches settlement," 17 Dec. 2019 Boone said the special edition contained stories about LGBTQ students and drag queens, along with articles about religious head coverings, body positivity and students with disabilities. Christopher Harress |, al, "Company refuses to print University of South Alabama diversity-themed magazine on religious grounds," 14 Nov. 2019 At karaoke bars, customers put disposable protective coverings over their microphones to guard against germs. Time, "The Lessons of SARS Never Really Left Hong Kong. Will That Help Stop an Outbreak of the Wuhan Coronavirus?," 24 Jan. 2020 Because hand coverings greatly reduce dexterity, the research team came up with a way to warm the hands without gloves. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Army Found a Way to Keep Your Hands Warm Without Gloves," 14 Jan. 2020 There’s also a mount for your phone, hopefully encased in a waterproof covering. Washington Post, "CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of covering


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

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17 Feb 2020

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“Covering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of covering

: an object or substance that goes over or on top of something especially in order to hide or protect it


cov·​er·​ing | \ ˈkə-və-riŋ How to pronounce covering (audio) , ˈkəv-ring \

Kids Definition of covering

: something that shelters, protects, or conceals

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