EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR COVERING
Shelter, covering, bed—beyond these all is mere superfluity.
He raised the covering hand, and peered at the coin in the gathering gloom.
A squadron was engaged in covering the operations of a foraging party.
As to covering up the tracks, he begged his wife to trust him for that.
When they are cold, put them into jars, and covering them closely, let them set a week.
When they are cold, tie up the jar; covering the cork with leather.
But, covering her eyes, she flung the brand into the flames.
His idea was to build a series of traps all about the barn, covering every approach.
But such a fashion of beard, while covering a man's face, does much to uncover the man.
Into it he dropped the ring, covering it again with all the leafy "rubble and wreck" of the wood.
mid-12c., from Old French covrir (12c., Modern French couvrir) "to cover, protect, conceal, dissemble," from Late Latin coperire, from Latin cooperire "to cover over, overwhelm, bury," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + operire "to close, cover" (see weir). Related: Covered; covering. Military sense is from 1680s; newspaper sense first recorded 1893; use in football dates from 1907. Betting sense is 1857. OF horses, as a euphemism for "copulate" it dates from 1530s. Covered wagon attested from 1745.