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cov·ert(kō′vərt, kō-vûrt′, kŭv′ərt)
1. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
2. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
3. Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
1. A covering or cover.
a. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
b. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
3. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
[Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of covrir, to cover; see cover.]
3. a shelter or disguise
4. (Hunting) a thicket or woodland providing shelter for game
5. (Textiles) short for covert cloth
6. (Zoology) ornithol any of the small feathers on the wings and tail of a bird that surround the bases of the larger feathers
7. (Zoology) a flock of coots
[C14: from Old French: covered, from covrir to cover]
co•vert(adj. ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; n. ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt)
1. concealed; secret; disguised.
2. covered; sheltered.
3. (of a wife) under the legal protection of a husband.n.
4. a covering; cover.
5. a shelter or hiding place.
6. concealment or disguise.
7. a thicket giving shelter to wild animals or game.
8. Also called tectrix. one of the small feathers that cover the bases of the large feathers of a bird's wings and tail.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin coopertus, past participle of cooperīre to cover completely; see cover]
pron: covert has historically been pronounced (ˈkʌv ərt) with stressed (u), the vowel heard in cover, mother, some, and many other similarly spelled English words. As an adjective, however, covert, by analogy with overt (oʊˈvɜrt, ˈoʊ vərt) its semantic opposite, has developed the pronunciation (ˈkoʊ vərt) and this is the more common pronunciation in American English. For the noun, (ˈkʌv ərt) remains the more frequent pronunciation.
Coverta flock of birds; a flock or company of coots, 1430.
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|Noun||1.||covert - a flock of coots|
coot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
flock - a group of birds
|2.||covert - a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; "a screen of trees afforded privacy"; "under cover of darkness"; "the brush provided a covert for game"; "the simplest concealment is to match perfectly the color of the background"|
blind - a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters); "he waited impatiently in the blind"
camouflage - device or stratagem for concealment or deceit
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
shoji - a translucent screen made of a wooden frame covered with rice paper
stalking-horse - screen consisting of a figure of a horse behind which a hunter hides while stalking game
|Adj.||1.||covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"|
implicit, inexplicit - implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something; "an implicit agreement not to raise the subject"; "there was implicit criticism in his voice"; "anger was implicit in the argument"; "the oak is implicit in the acorn"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
invisible, unseeable - impossible or nearly impossible to see; imperceptible by the eye; "the invisible man"; "invisible rays"; "an invisible hinge"; "invisible mending"
|2.||covert - (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband; "a woman covert"|
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
protected - kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss; "the most protected spot I could find"
1. Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Idiom: under wraps.
[operation, action] → secret/ète; [support, aid] → indirect(e)
[glance] → furtif/ive