AskDefine | Define covering

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1 a natural object that covers or envelops; "under a covering of dust"; "the fox was flushed from its cover" [syn: natural covering, cover]
2 an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
3 the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; "the cover concealed their guns from enemy aircraft" [syn: cover, screening, masking]
4 the act of protecting something by covering it
5 the work of applying something; "the doctor prescribed a topical application of iodine"; "a complete bleach requires several applications"; "the surface was ready for a coating of paint"; [syn: application, coating]

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  1. That which covers something.
  2. Action of the verb to cover.


that which covers something


  1. present participle of cover


present participle of

Extensive Definition

Mathematical meanings of the term covering include
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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