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 This sets up both the SPX and the COMP for a good Q2 start from a chart standpoint, and may have caused some short covering as bears threw in the towel, so to speak. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Delayed Reaction: Three Days After Blowout Jobs Report, Stocks Enjoy Tailwind," 5 Apr. 2021 Each player straps a belt around his waist, and the device, a wearable technology pad, is secure inside a plastic covering. Pat Stoetzer,, "Francis Scott Key football using new technology to speed up tempo, practice social distancing," 5 Apr. 2021 To this day, the farm doesn’t use supplemental water (except for in the crop tunnel that has a covering). Mara Weinraub, Country Living, "How One Woman Is Cultivating Food Justice in Her Community," 1 Apr. 2021 The chefs’ counters are stainless steel and the walls are covered in an easy-to-clean plastic covering, just like inside the restaurant. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ju-Ni debuts an all-outdoor omakase sushi bar in San Francisco," 26 Mar. 2021 Other gear include the Boundary Tent, a lightweight, versatile freestanding screen, and the Table Tent, a covering that converts any desk, bench, or table into a private place to work. Rachel King, Fortune, "Returning to the office? Picture yourself in a ‘work tent’," 13 Mar. 2021 Second, skip the distracting contrasting-color element on the center console but opt for the Pur Sport's punctured-leather dash covering. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Goes to Extremes," 5 Mar. 2021 Under the mandate, individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people through Dec. 11. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Reinstated coronavirus restrictions by state: What you need to know," 17 Nov. 2020 Mask or cloth facial covering is required to be worn at all times for visitors age 2 and over. Phillip Valys,, "Norton Museum of Art set to reopen with limited hours," 11 Nov. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Covering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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