cov·er·ing | \ˈkəv-riŋ, 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


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

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Styled by interior design firm Lucas Studio, the home features bright wall coverings, detailed millwork and built-ins in the living room and den. Neal J. Leitereg,, "L.A. Kings' Dustin Brown pulls in $6.9 million for custom Manhattan Beach home," 12 June 2018 Soft brush attachments, also called upholstery attachments, can be used to dust books, lampshades, window coverings and, of course, upholstered furniture. Jolie Kerr, New York Times, "Five Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Easier," 4 May 2018 Infiniti offers a premium select package that includes its own 20-inch wheels and performance all-season performance tires, upgraded leather headliner and seat coverings, illuminated Infiniti door sill plates, sport brakes and rear spoiler. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Infiniti Q70 Luxe serves tasty blend of performance, luxury," 14 Apr. 2018 Star-Spangled Though more convenient, removable wall coverings can run a little pricier than the traditional options. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Adorable Kids’ Wallpaper Ideas," 22 Jan. 2018 But beneath their niqabs, or face-coverings, their conservative counterparts may be making even more ground. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Bid categories included general trades; roofing; metal studs, drywall and acoustics; flooring; painting and wall coverings; plumbing; mechanical; and electrical. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County Expo Center upgrades expected to begin after county fair," 10 July 2018 In a number of countries, including France, Germany, and Denmark, the niqab and burqa — religious coverings worn by some practicing Muslim women — are partially or totally banned. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Austria is closing 7 mosques and kicking out 60 imams," 8 June 2018 During the extremely hot temps, may of Brookfield Zoo animals are given access to their behind-the-scene areas which officials said are cooler, and many of the habitats have shade coverings with misting fans, the release said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Animals beat the heat with frozen treats at Brookfield Zoo," 30 June 2018

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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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The first known use of covering was in the 14th century

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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, ˈkəv-ring\

Kids Definition of covering

: something that shelters, protects, or conceals

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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