covering

DEFINITIONS OF: covering

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n a natural object that covers or envelops

“under a covering of dust”
Synonyms:
cover, natural covering
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scale
a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
shell
the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
test
a hard outer covering as of some amoebas and sea urchins
body covering
any covering for the body or a body part
case, sheath
an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
integument
an outer protective covering such as the skin of an animal or a cuticle or seed coat or rind or shell
blanket, mantle
anything that covers
crust, encrustation, incrustation
a hard outer layer that covers something
envelope
a natural covering (as by a fluid)
cap, hood
a protective covering that is part of a plant
indument, indumentum
a covering of fine hairs (or sometimes scales) as on a leaf or insect
roof
the inner top surface of a covered area or hollow space
shell
a rigid covering that envelops an object
eggshell, shell
the exterior covering of a bird's egg
skim
a thin layer covering the surface of a liquid
slough
any outer covering that can be shed or cast off (such as the cast-off skin of a snake)
snowcap
a covering of snow (as on a mountain peak)
vesture
something that covers or cloaks like a garment
peridium
outer layer of the spore-bearing organ in many fungi
pericarp, seed vessel
the ripened and variously modified walls of a plant ovary
chlamys, floral envelope, perianth, perigone, perigonium
collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils
sac, theca
a case or sheath especially a pollen sac or moss capsule
indusium
a membrane enclosing and protecting the developing spores especially that covering the sori of a fern
bark
tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants
hide, pelt, skin
body covering of a living animal
feather, plumage, plume
the light horny waterproof structure forming the external covering of birds
protective covering
the tough natural covering of some organisms
fish scale
scale of the kind that covers the bodies of fish
squama
a protective structure resembling a scale
valve
one of the paired hinged shells of certain molluscs and of brachiopods
valve
the entire one-piece shell of a snail and certain other molluscs
scallop shell
a shell of a scallop
oyster shell
a shell of an oyster
phragmacone, phragmocone
the thin conical chambered internal shell (either straight or curved) of a belemnite
theca
outer sheath of the pupa of certain insects
lorica
a hard protective sheath (as secreted by certain protoctists, for example)
seashell
the shell of a marine organism
clamshell
the shell of a clam
cutis, skin, tegument
a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
exuviae
cast-off skins or coverings of various organisms during ecdysis
hair
a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
headful
a covering over the surface of your head
medullary sheath, myelin sheath
a layer of myelin encasing (and insulating) the axons of medullated nerve fibers
neurilemma, neurolemma
thin membranous sheath around a nerve fiber
epicranium
the muscle and aponeurosis and skin covering the cranium
exoskeleton
the exterior protective or supporting structure or shell of many animals (especially invertebrates) including bony or horny parts such as nails or scales or hoofs
calculus, tartar, tophus
an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gums
epicarp, exocarp
outermost layer of the pericarp of fruits as the skin of a peach or grape
mesocarp
the middle layer of a pericarp
endocarp, pit, stone
the hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed
capsule
a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
cinnamon, cinnamon bark
aromatic bark used as a spice
Chinese cinnamon, cassia bark
aromatic bark of the cassia-bark tree; less desirable as a spice than Ceylon cinnamon bark
cinnamon bark
aromatic bark of Saigon cinnamon used medicinally as a carminative
magnolia
dried bark of various magnolias; used in folk medicine
bur, burr
seed vessel having hooks or prickles
tanbark
bark rich in tannin; bruised and cut in pieces to use for tanning; spent tanbark used as a ground covering
mezereum
the dried bark of the shrub mezereon
canella, canella bark, white cinnamon
highly aromatic inner bark of the Canella winterana used as a condiment and a tonic
falls
the petals or sepals of a flower that bend downward (especially the outer perianth of an iris)
Jesuit's bark, Peruvian bark, cinchona, cinchona bark
medicinal bark of cinchona trees; source of quinine and quinidine
cascarilla bark, eleuthera bark, sweetwood bark
aromatic bark of cascarilla; used as a tonic and for making incense
husk
outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
cascara, cascara sagrada, chittam bark, chittem bark
dried bark of the cascara buckthorn used as a laxative
winter's bark
aromatic bark having tonic and stimulant properties
tapa, tapa bark, tappa, tappa bark
the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus
angostura, angostura bark
the bitter bark of a South American tree; used in medicines and liqueurs and bitters
cork
outer bark of the cork oak; used for stoppers for bottles etc.
cork, phellem
(botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells
Type of:
natural object
an object occurring naturally; not made by man

n an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

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artificial skin
a synthetic covering with two layers used experimentally to treat burn victims
bootleg
the part of a boot above the instep
bubble
a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic
canopy
the transparent covering of an aircraft cockpit
casing
the outermost covering of a pneumatic tire
chafing gear
covering (usually rope or canvas) of a line or spar to protect it from friction
cloak
anything that covers or conceals
cloth covering
a covering made of cloth
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
coat, coating
a thin layer covering something
cover plate
covering consisting of a plate used to cover over or close in a chamber or receptacle
drape
a sterile covering arranged over a patient's body during a medical examination or during surgery in order to reduce the possibility of contamination
earmuff
either of a pair of ear coverings (usually connected by a headband) that are worn to keep the ears warm in cold weather
fig leaf
a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful
finger
one of the parts of a glove that provides covering for a finger or thumb
flap
any broad thin and limber covering attached at one edge; hangs loose or projects freely
floor cover, floor covering
a covering for a floor
folder
covering that is folded over to protect the contents
footgear, footwear
covering for a person's feet
exhaust hood, hood
metal covering leading to a vent that exhausts smoke or fumes
hood
(falconry) a leather covering for a hawk's head
imbrication, lapping, overlapping
covering with a design in which one element covers a part of another (as with tiles or shingles)
instep
the part of a shoe or stocking that covers the arch of the foot
mask
a covering to disguise or conceal the face
matting
a covering of coarse fabric (usually of straw or hemp)
mercy seat
the golden covering of the ark of the covenant
paddle box, paddle-box
a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
planking
(nautical) a covering or flooring constructed of planks (as on a ship)
protection, protective cover, protective covering
a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
concealment, cover, covert, screen
a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
swathing
cloth coverings wrapped around something (as a wound or a baby)
thumb
the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
toe
the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes
cover, top
covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container)
upholstery
covering (padding and springs and webbing and fabric) on a piece of furniture
wrap, wrapper, wrapping
the covering (usually paper or cellophane) in which something is wrapped
accessory, accouterment, accoutrement
clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
antimacassar
a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils
apparel, clothes, dress, wearing apparel
clothing in general
armor, armour
protective covering made of metal and used in combat
array, raiment, regalia
especially fine or decorative clothing
attire, dress, garb
clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
back
the part of a garment that covers the back of your body
barndoor
an opaque adjustable flap on a lamp fixture; used in photography to cut off light from particular areas
beachwear
clothing to be worn at a beach
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding
coverings that are used on a bed
bell glass, bell jar
a bell-shaped glass cover used to protect and display delicate objects or to cover scientific apparatus or to contain gases
binder, ring-binder
holds loose papers or magazines
back, binding, book binding, cover
the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book
bitumastic
a protective coating of asphalt and filter used on structural metals that are exposed to weathering
black
black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning)
blind, screen
a protective covering that keeps things out or hinders sight
blind
a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters)
blindfold
a cloth used to cover the eyes
blue
blue clothing
boot
footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
bosom
cloth that covers the chest or breasts
armguard, bracer
a protective covering for the wrist or arm that is used in archery and fencing and other sports
burial garment
cloth used to cover a corpse in preparation for burial
camouflage
device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
cap
a top (as for a bottle)
cap
something serving as a cover or protection
change
a different or fresh set of clothes
civilian clothing, civilian dress, civilian garb, plain clothes
ordinary clothing as distinguished from uniforms, work clothes, clerical garb, etc.
cloche
a low transparent cover put over young plants to protect them from cold
clog, geta, patten, sabot
footwear usually with wooden soles
coaster
a covering (plate or mat) that protects the surface of a table (i.e., from the condensation on a cold glass or bottle)
coat of paint
a layer of paint covering something else
coattail
the loose back flap of a coat that hangs below the waist
codpiece
(15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
cold frame
protective covering consisting of a wooden frame with a glass top in which small plants are protected from the cold
cosy, cozy, tea cosy, tea cozy
a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm
crystal, watch crystal, watch glass
a protective cover that protects the face of a watch
domino, eye mask, half mask
a mask covering the upper part of the face but with holes for the eyes
drag
clothing that is conventionally worn by the opposite sex (especially women's clothing when worn by a man)
dressing, medical dressing
a cloth covering for a wound or sore
dust cover
a removable plastic protective covering for a piece of equipment
earflap, earlap
one of two flaps attached to a cap to keep the ears warm
elbow
the part of a sleeve that covers the elbow joint
emulsion, photographic emulsion
a light-sensitive coating on paper or film; consists of fine grains of silver bromide suspended in a gelatin
enamel
any smooth glossy coating that resembles ceramic glaze
envelope
any wrapper or covering
eyepatch, patch
a protective cloth covering for an injured eye
faceplate
a protective covering for the front of a machine or device (as a door lock or computer component)
cladding, facing
a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
facing, veneer
an ornamental coating to a building
fall-board, fallboard
the hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played
false face
a mask worn as part of a masquerade costume
file folder
folder that holds papers together in a filing cabinet
film, plastic film
a thin sheet of (usually plastic and usually transparent) material used to wrap or cover things
escutcheon, finger plate, scutcheon
a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
finish coat, finishing coat
the final coating of plaster applied to walls and ceilings
flats
footwear (shoes or slippers) with no heel (or a very low heel)
footwear
clothing worn on a person's feet
garment
an article of clothing
gift wrapping
ornamental wrapping for gifts
gilding, gilt
a coating of gold or of something that looks like gold
gray, grey
clothing that is a grey color
hand wear, handwear
clothing for the hands
havelock
a cloth covering for a service cap with a flap extending over the back of the neck to protect the neck from direct rays of the sun
headdress, headgear
clothing for the head
heat shield
a protective covering that protects a spacecraft from overheating on reentry
bonnet, cowl, cowling, hood
protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine
housing
a protective cover designed to contain or support a mechanical component
jacket
an outer wrapping or casing
dag, jag
a flap along the edge of a garment; used in medieval clothing
knee
the part of a trouser leg that provides the cloth covering for the knee
knitwear
knitted clothing
lacquer
a hard glossy coating
lap, overlap
a flap that lies over another part
lap, lap covering
the part of a piece of clothing that covers the thighs
leg
a cloth covering consisting of the part of a pair of trousers that covers a person's leg
leisure wear
informal clothing designed to be worn when you are relaxing
lid
a movable top or cover (hinged or separate) for closing the opening at the top of a box, chest, jar, pan, etc.
liner, lining
a protective covering that protects an inside surface
loungewear
clothing suitable for relaxation
manhole cover
a flush iron cover for a manhole (as in a street)
mask
a protective covering worn over the face
mat
a thick flat pad used as a floor covering
matchbook
a small folder of paper safety matches
man's clothing
clothing that is designed for men to wear
mulch
a protective covering of rotting vegetable matter spread to reduce evaporation and soil erosion
neckpiece
an article of apparel worn about the neck
nightclothes, nightwear, sleepwear
garments designed to be worn in bed
outerwear, overclothes
clothing for use outdoors
overcoat, overcoating
an additional protective coating (as of paint or varnish)
overshoe
footwear that protects your shoes from water or snow or cold
paint, pigment
a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
parqueterie, parquetry
a patterned wood inlay used to cover a floor
patina
a fine coating of oxide on the surface of a metal
plastic wrap
wrapping consisting of a very thin transparent sheet of plastic
metal plating, plating
a thin coating of metal deposited on a surface
pocket flap
a flap that covers the access to a pocket
protective garment
clothing that is intended to protect the wearer from injury
range hood
exhaust hood over a kitchen range
ready-to-wear
ready-made clothing
rendering
a coat of stucco applied to a masonry wall
roof
a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
roof
protective covering on top of a motor vehicle
carpet, carpeting, rug
floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile)
screen
a protective covering consisting of netting; can be mounted in a frame
screwtop
the top of a container that must be screwed off and on
seal
a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture
seat
the cloth covering for the buttocks
shade
protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
sheath
a protective covering (as for a knife or sword)
overlay, overlayer, sheathing
protective covering consisting, for example, of a layer of boards applied to the studs and joists of a building to strengthen it and serve as a foundation for a weatherproof exterior
shelter
protective covering that provides protection from the weather
shield
a protective covering or structure
shoe
footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
shoji
a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
shoulder
the part of a garment that covers or fits over the shoulder
skirt
cloth covering that forms the part of a garment below the waist
arm, sleeve
the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm
slipcover
a removable fitted cloth covering for upholstered furniture
slip-on
an article of clothing (garment or shoe) that is easily slipped on or off
carpet slipper, slipper
low footwear that can be slipped on and off easily; usually worn indoors
slops
cheap clothing (as formerly issued to sailors in Britain)
dashboard, splashboard, splasher
protective covering consisting of a panel to protect people from the splashing water or mud etc.
splasher
a protective covering over or beside a wheel to protect the upper part of a vehicle from splashes of mud
stalking-horse
screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
street clothes
ordinary clothing suitable for public appearances (as opposed to costumes or sports apparel or work clothes etc.)
tailor-made
custom-made clothing
fly, fly sheet, rainfly, tent flap, tent-fly
flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
testudo
a movable protective covering that provided protection from above; used by Roman troops when approaching the walls of a besieged fortification
thumbstall
protective covering for an injured thumb
toecap
a protective leather or steel cover for the toe of a boot or shoe, reinforcing or decorating it
duds, threads, togs
informal terms for clothing
tongue
the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
uniform
clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification
varnish
a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface
veneer, veneering
coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
vestiture
an archaic term for clothing
splashboard, washboard
protective covering consisting of a broad plank along a gunwale to keep water from splashing over the side
waterproofing
a coating capable of making a surface waterproof
woman's clothing
clothing that is designed for women to wear
work-clothes, work-clothing
clothing worn for doing manual labor
Type of:
artefact, artifact
a man-made object taken as a whole

n the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it

Synonyms:
cover, masking, screening
Type of:
concealing, concealment, hiding
the activity of keeping something secret

n the act of protecting something by covering it

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dressing, grooming
the activity of getting dressed; putting on clothes
investment
the act of putting on robes or vestments
primping
careful or finicky grooming
toilet, toilette
the act of dressing and preparing yourself
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protection
the activity of protecting someone or something

n the work of applying something

Synonyms:
application, coating
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anointing, anointment
the act of applying oil or an oily liquid
fumigation
the application of a gas or smoke to something for the purpose of disinfecting it
foliation
the work of coating glass with metal foil
galvanisation, galvanization
either the work of covering with metal by the use of a galvanic current or the coating of iron with zinc to protect it from rusting
lubrication
an application of a lubricant to something
pavage, paving
the act of applying paving materials to an area
painting
the act of applying paint to a surface
spraying
the application of a liquid in the form of small particles ejected from a sprayer
tin-plating, tinning
the application of a protective layer of tin
tinning
the application of a thin layer of soft solder to the ends of wires before soldering them
paperhanging, papering
the application of wallpaper
daubing, plastering
the application of plaster
plating
the application of a thin coat of metal (as by electrolysis)
scumble
the application of very thin coat of color over the surface of a picture
tiling
the application of tiles to cover a surface
waxing
the application of wax to a surface
facing, lining
providing something with a surface of a different material
spray painting
applying paint with a sprayer
spatter, spattering, splash, splashing, splattering
the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
finger-painting
painting by using the fingers to spread the paint
pargeting, pargetting
ornamental plastering
babbitting
lining a surface or bearing with Babbitt metal
inunction, unction
anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
Type of:
manual labor, manual labour
labor done with the hands
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