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cov·ert

 (kō′vərt, kō-vûrt′, kŭv′ərt)
adj.
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.
n.
1. A covering or cover.
2.
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.]

cov′ert·ly adv.
cov′ert·ness n.

covert

(ˈkʌvət)
adj
1. concealed or secret: covert jealousy.
2. (Law) law Compare feme covert, discovert
n
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]
ˈcovertly adv
ˈcovertness n

co•vert

(adj. ˈkoʊ vərt, ˈkʌv ərt; n. ˈkʌv ərt, ˈkoʊ vərt)

adj.
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]
co′vert•ly, adv.
co′vert•ness, n.
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.

Covert

 a flock of birds; a flock or company of coots, 1430.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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 somethingcovert - 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"
overt, open - open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots"
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"

covert

adjective secret, private, hidden, disguised, concealed, veiled, sly, clandestine, underhand, unsuspected, surreptitious, stealthy They have been supplying covert military aid to the rebels.

covert

adjective
1. Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Informal: hush-hush.
Idiom: under wraps.
2. Lying beyond what is obvious or avowed:
Idiom: under cover.
noun
1. Something that physically protects, especially from danger:
2. A hiding place:
Translations

covert

[ˈkʌvət]
A. ADJ (gen) → secreto, encubierto; [glance] → furtivo, disimulado
B. Nsoto m, matorral m
C. CPD covert attack Nataque m por sorpresa

covert

[ˈkʌvərt] adj
[operation, action] → secret/ète; [support, aid] → indirect(e)
[glance] → furtif/ive

covert

adj threat, attackversteckt; glance alsoverstohlen; surveillanceheimlich
nVersteck nt ? draw2

covert

[ˈkʌvət] adj (gen) → nascosto/a; (glance) → di sottecchi, furtivo/a
References in classic literature ?
Farther on he beheld great fields of Indian corn, with its golden ears peeping from their leafy coverts, and holding out the promise of cakes and hasty- pudding; and the yellow pumpkins lying beneath them, turning up their fair round bellies to the sun, and giving ample prospects of the most luxurious of pies; and anon he passed the fragrant buckwheat fields breathing the odor of the beehive, and as he beheld them, soft anticipations stole over his mind of dainty slap-jacks, well buttered, and garnished with honey or treacle, by the delicate little dimpled hand of Katrina Van Tassel.
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.
We were to have had a nice little hunt not far from Cassan, and beaten the coverts I know.
Still calling at intervals, but now with a moderated voice, he made the hasty circuit of the garden, and finding neither man nor trace of man in all its evergreen coverts, turned at last to the house.
I was willing to encounter some risks in order to accomplish my object, and counted much upon my ability to elude these prowling cannibals amongst the many coverts which the mountains afforded.
The denser nocturnal vapours, attacked by the warm beams, were dividing and shrinking into isolated fleeces within hollows and coverts, where they waited till they should be dried away to nothing.
Then the horned and unhorned denizens of the wood, with teeth chattering pitifully, flee through the copses and glades, and all, as they seek shelter, have this one care, to gain thick coverts or some hollow rock.
As we sat at the table, Otto Fuchs and I kept stealing covert glances at each other.
He was a homely, freckled, sandy-haired young fellow, with an intelligent blue eye that had frankness and comradeship in it and a covert twinkle of a pleasant sort.
Jane Fairfax's perception seemed to accompany his; her comprehension was certainly more equal to the covert meaning, the superior intelligence, of those five letters so arranged.
Yes; and he was up again at eight to ride to covert.
Had he treated you as an especial favourite, you would have found enemies, declared or covert, all around you; as it is, the greater number would offer you sympathy if they dared.