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1. A small sheltered bay in the shoreline of a sea, river, or lake.
a. A recess or small valley in the side of a mountain.
b. A cave or cavern.
3. A narrow gap or pass between hills or woods.
a. A concave molding.
b. A concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a wall. Also called coving.
tr.v. coved, cov·ing, coves
To make in an inward curving form.
[Middle English, chamber, cave, from Old English cofa.]
n. Chiefly British
A fellow; a man.
[Probably from Romani kova, man.]
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1. (Physical Geography) a small bay or inlet, usually between rocky headlands
2. (Geological Science) a narrow cavern formed in the sides of cliffs, mountains, etc, usually by erosion
3. a sheltered place
4. (Architecture) architect Also called: coving a concave curved surface between the wall and ceiling of a room
(Architecture) (tr) to form an architectural cove in
[Old English cofa; related to Old Norse kofi, Old High German kubisi tent]
1. old-fashioned slang Brit and Austral a fellow; chap
2. (Historical Terms) history Austral an overseer of convict labourers
[C16: probably from Romany kova thing, person]
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n., v. coved, cov•ing. n.
1. a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river.
2. a sheltered nook.
3. a hollow or recess in a mountain; cavern.
4. a narrow pass or sheltered area between woods or hills.
5. a concave architectural surface or molding, esp. one linking a ceiling and a wall.v.t., v.i.
6. to make or become a cove.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English cofa cave, den, closet, c. Old Norse kofi hut, Greek gýpē cave]
Brit. Slang. a person; fellow.
[1560–70; said to be < Romany kova creature]
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cove- Comes from Old English cofa, "small room," from the Germanic root kubon, and came to mean "small hollow place in coastal rocks," and then "small bay."
See also related terms for small room.
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Past participle: coved
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|Noun||1.||cove - a small inlet |
lough - a long narrow (nearly landlocked) cove in Ireland
|2.||cove - small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain|
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
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noun bay, sound, creek, inlet, bayou, firth or frith (Scot.), anchorage the sandy cove at the north end of the beach
noun (Old-fashioned slang) fellow, type, customer, character, bloke (Brit. informal), chap I've always thought of him as a decent old cove.
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شَرْم ، خَليج
cove1 [kəʊv] N (Geog) → cala f, ensenada f (US) (= valley) → valle m
cove2 [kəʊv] N (Brit) (o.f.) (= fellow) → tío m
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n (Geog) → (kleine) Bucht
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a small bay or inlet of the sea. They bathed in a quiet cove. baaitjie شَرْم ، خَليج заливче enseada zátoka kleine Bucht vig; bugt ορμίσκοςcala, ensenada abajas خلیج کوچک poukama anse מִפרָץ קָטָן छोटी खाड़ी draga, uvala (tenger)öböl teluk vík, vogur insenatura, baia 入江 작은 만(灣) įlankėlė, užtakis neliels līcis teluk kecil inhambukt, vik zatoczka غار، سوړه enseada golf бухточка zátoka zalivček zaton liten vik อ่าวเล็ก ๆ koy 小海灣 маленька бухта, затока كهاڑى vịnh 小海湾
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