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]
- present participle of cover
present participle of
- German: bedeckend
Mathematical meanings of the term covering include
- A covering map in topology.
- Cover (topology), a system of (usually, open or closed) sets whose union is a given topological space.
- A vertex covering or edge covering in graph theory.
- The covering lemma in set theory (specifically large cardinal theory).
- The Lebesgue covering dimension, a definition of dimension using topological properties.
- The ε-covering number of a compact set (some info can be found in Box-counting dimension and Sphere packing).
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