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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Add a slice of spice drop or gumdrop for the ear coverings. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 Even though it's used to wipe your feet, the covering can still add a little something extra. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Christmas Tree Shops Just Released Its Holiday Decor and We Want Everything," 13 Oct. 2018 Little Edie’s hair had fallen out, resorting her to constantly wear head-coverings. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Kennedy Onassis was 'horrified' of recluse aunt, cousin living in crumbling Grey Gardens, book claims," 12 Sep. 2018 Replace the covering plate and your installation is done. Steve Willson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Install An Electric Water Heater," 24 Aug. 2018 That’s despite the fact that official government figures in these countries show that only a minuscule number of Muslim women living there wear face coverings — in some of the countries, the numbers were actually too low to even count. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Boris Johnson’s offensive comments about the burqa, explained," 10 Aug. 2018 The covering could simply change the balance between these different heat transfer mechanisms rather than actually cool the covered object. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Salt-infused graphene creates an infrared cloaking device," 3 Aug. 2018 In a strictly secular province that recently passed a law banning people wearing face-coverings from giving or receiving public services, the court allowed Muslim witnesses to swear on a Quran. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Quebec Mosque Shooter Was Consumed by Refugees, Trump and Far Right," 5 May 2018 There were Egyptian hieroglyphic motifs and pyramid details in the collection, plus a few of Rousteing’s most surprising, body-concealing dresses yet, like a mini with a giant fanlike curve half-covering model Sarah Brannon’s face. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Watch: Olivier Rousteing Explains the “New Sexy” at Balmain Spring 2019," 28 Sep. 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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