|Coverlet Cov"er·let noun
[ French couvre-lit
to cover + lit
bed, from Latin lectus
bed. See Cover
.] The uppermost cover of a bed or of any piece of furniture.
Lay her in lilies and in violets . . .
And odored sheets and arras coverlets .
(-lĭd) noun A coverlet.
All the coverlid was cloth of gold.
Coversed sine Co·versed" sine (k?-v?rst" s?n`). [ Co- (= co- in co- sine) + versed sine .] (Geom.) The versed sine of the complement of an arc or angle. See Illust. of Functions .
Coverside Cov"er·side` noun A region of country having covers; a hunting country.
Covert Cov"ert adjective
[ Old French covert
, F. couvert
, past participle of couvrir
. See Cover
, transitive verb
] 1. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
How covert matters may be best disclosed.
Whether of open war or covert guile. 2. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected; as, a covert nook. Wordsworth.
Of either side the green, to plant a covert alley. 3. (Law) Under cover, authority or protection; as, a feme covert , a married woman who is considered as being under the protection and control of her husband. Covert way
, (Fort.) See Covered way , under Covered . Syn.
-- Hidden; secret; private; covered; disguised; insidious; concealed. See Hidden
Covert Cov"ert noun
[ Old French See Covert
] 1. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
A tabernacle . . . for a covert from storm.
Is. iv. 6.
The highwayman has darted from his covered by the wayside. 2.
[ Confer French couverte
.] (Zoology) One of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See Illust. of Bird .
Covert baron Cov"ert bar`on (b?r`?n). (Law) Under the protection of a husband; married. Burrill.
Covertly Cov"ert·ly adverb Secretly; in private; insidiously.
Covertness Cov"ert·ness noun Secrecy; privacy. [ R.]
Coverture Cov"er·ture noun
[ Old French coverture
.] 1. Covering; shelter; defense; hiding.
Protected by walls or other like coverture .
Beatrice, who even now 2. (Law) The condition of a woman during marriage, because she is considered under the cover, influence, power, and protection of her husband, and therefore called a feme covert , or femme couverte .
Is couched in the woodbine coverture .
Covet Cov"et transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Covered
; present participle & verbal noun Coveting
.] [ Old French coveitier
, French convoiter
, from a derivative from Latin cupere
to desire; confer Sanskrit kup
to become excited. Confer Cupidity
.] 1. To wish for with eagerness; to desire possession of; -- used in a good sense.
Covet earnestly the best gifts.
1. Cor. xxii. 31.
If it be a sin to covet honor, 2. To long for inordinately or unlawfully; to hanker after (something forbidden).
I am the most offending soul alive.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house. Syn.
Ex. xx. 17.
-- To long for; desire; hanker after; crave.
Covet Cov"et intransitive verb To have or indulge inordinate desire.
Which [ money] while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith.
1 Tim. vi. 10.
Covetable Cov"et·a·ble adjective That may be coveted; desirable.
Coveter Cov"et·er noun One who covets.
Covetise Cov"et·ise noun [ Old French coveitise , F. convoitise . See Covet , transitive verb ] Avarice. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Covetiveness Cov"et·ive·ness noun (Phren.) Acquisitiveness.
Covetous Cov"et·ous adjective
[ Old French coveitos
, F. convoiteux
. See Covet
, transitive verb
] 1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense.
Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue.
Covetous death bereaved us all, 2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense.
To aggrandize one funeral.
The covetous person lives as if the world were madealtogether for him, and not he for the world. Syn.
-- Avaricious; parsimonious; penurious; misrely; niggardly. See Avaricious
Covetously Cov"et·ous·ly adverb In a covetous manner.
Covetousness Cov"et·ous·ness noun 1. Strong desire.
When workmen strive to do better than well, 2. A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; excessive desire for riches or money; -- in a bad sense.
They do confound their skill in covetousness .
Covetousness , by a greed of getting more, deprivess itself of the true end of getting. Syn.
-- Avarice; cupidity; eagerness.
Covey Cov"ey noun [ Old French cov...e , F. couv...e , from cover , French couver , to sit or brood on, from Latin cubare to lie down; confer E. incubate . See Cubit , and confer Cove to brood.] 1. A brood or hatch of birds; an old bird with her brood of young; hence, a small flock or number of birds together; -- said of game; as, a covey of partridges. Darwin. 2. A company; a bevy; as, a covey of girls. Addison.
Covey Cov"ey intransitive verb To brood; to incubate.
[ Tortoises] covey a whole year before they hatch.
Covey Cov"ey noun A pantry. [ Prov. Eng.] Parker.
Covin Cov"in noun [ Old French covine , covaine , from covenir to agree. See Covenant .] 1. (Law) A collusive agreement between two or more persons to prejudice a third. 2. Deceit; fraud; artifice. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Coving Cov"ing noun (Architecture) (a) A cove or series of coves, as the concaved surface under the overhang of a projecting upper story. (b) The splayed jambs of a flaring fireplace.
Covinous Cov"in·ous adjective (Law) Deceitful; collusive; fraudulent; dishonest.
Cow Cow (kou) noun [ See Cowl a hood.] A chimney cap; a cowl
Cow Cow noun
; plural Cows
(kouz); old plural Kine
(kīn). [ Middle English cu
, Anglo-Saxon cū
; akin to D. koe
, German kuh
, Old High German kuo
, Icelandic kȳr
, Dan. & Swedish ko
, Latin bos
ox, cow, Greek boy^s
, Sanskrit gō
. √223. Confer Beef
.] 1. The mature female of bovine animals. 2. The female of certain large mammals, as whales, seals, etc.
Cow Cow transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cowed
(koud);; present participle & verbal noun Cowing
.] [ Confer Icelandic kuga
, Swedish kufva
to check, subdue, Dan. kue
. Confer Cuff
, transitive verb
] To depress with fear; to daunt the spirits or courage of; to overawe.
To vanquish a people already cowed .
THe French king was cowed .
J. R. Green.
Cow Cow noun [ Prob. from same root as cow , transitive verb ] (Mining) A wedge, or brake, to check the motion of a machine or car; a chock. Knight.
Cow parsley Cow" pars`ley (kou` p?rs`l?). (Botany) An umbelliferous plant of the genus Chærophyllum ( C. temulum and C. sylvestre ).
Cow parsnip Cow" pars`nip (-n?p). (Botany) A coarse umbelliferous weed of the genus Heracleum ( H. sphondylium in England, and H. lanatum in America).
Cow tree Cow" tree` (kou" tr?`). [ Confer SP. palo de vaca .] (Botany) A tree ( Galactodendron utile or Brosimum Galactodendron ) of South America, which yields, on incision, a nourishing fluid, resembling milk.
Cow-pilot Cow"-pi`lot (kou"pī`lŭt) noun (Zoology) A handsomely banded, coral-reef fish, of Florida and the West Indies ( Pomacentrus saxatilis ); -- called also mojarra .
Cow's lungwort Cow's" lung"wort` (kouz" l?ng"w?rt`). Mullein.
Cowage Cow"age (kou"aj) noun (Botany) See Cowhage .
Cowalker Co`walk"er noun A phantasmic or "astral" body deemed to be separable from the physical body and capable of acting independently; a doppelgänger.
Cowan Cow"an (kou" a n) noun [ Confer Old French couillon a coward, a cullion.] One who works as a mason without having served a regular apprenticeship. [ Scot.] Among Freemasons, it is a cant term for pretender , interloper .
Coward Cow"ard adjective
[ Old French couard
and adj., French couard
, from Old French coe
, tail, French queue
(fr. Latin coda
, a form of cauda
tail) + -ard
; orig., short-tailed, as an epithet of the hare, or perhaps , turning tail, like a scared dog. Confer Cue
.] 1. (Her.) Borne in the escutcheon with his tail doubled between his legs; -- said of a lion. 2. Destitute of courage; timid; cowardly.
Fie, coward woman, and soft-hearted wretch. 3. Belonging to a coward; proceeding from, or expressive of, base fear or timidity.
He raised the house with loud and coward cries.
Invading fears repel my coward joy.
Coward Cow"ard noun A person who lacks courage; a timid or pusillanimous person; a poltroon.
A fool is nauseous, but a coward worse. Syn.
-- Craven; poltroon; dastard.
Coward Cow"ard transitive verb To make timorous; to frighten.
That which cowardeth a man's heart.
[ French couardise
, from couard
. See Coward
.] Want of courage to face danger; extreme timidity; pusillanimity; base fear of danger or hurt; lack of spirit.
The cowardice of doing wrong.
Moderation was despised as cowardice .
Cowardie Cow"ard·ie (kou"ẽrd*ȳ) noun [ Old French couardie .] Cowardice. [ Obsolete]
Cowardish Cow"ard·ish adjective Cowardly. [ Obsolete] "A base and a cowardish mind." Robynson (More's Utopia).
(-...z) transitive verb To render cowardly
. [ Obsolete]
God . . . cowardizeth . . . insolent spirits.
Cowardliness Cow"ard·li·ness noun Cowardice.
Cowardly Cow"ard·ly adjective 1. Wanting courage; basely or weakly timid or fearful; pusillanimous; spiritless.
The cowardly rascals that ran from the battle. 2. Proceeding from fear of danger or other consequences; befitting a coward; dastardly; base; as, cowardly malignity. Macaulay.
The cowardly rashness of those who dare not look danger in the face. Syn.
-- Timid; fearful; timorous; dastardly; pusillanimous; recreant; craven; faint-hearted; chicken-hearted; white-livered.
Cowardly Cow"ard·ly adverb In the manner of a coward. Spenser.
Cowardship Cow"ard·ship noun Cowardice. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Cowbane Cow"bane` (kou"bān`) noun (Botany) A poisonous umbelliferous plant; in England, the Cicuta virosa ; in the United States, the Cicuta maculata and the Archemora rigida . See Water hemlock .
; plural Cowberries
(- rĭz). (Botany) A species of Vaccinium ( V. Vitis-idæa ), which bears acid red berries which are sometimes used in cookery; -- locally called mountain cranberry .
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