Definition of covering in English:



  • 1A thing used to protect, decorate, or conceal something else.

    ‘a vinyl floor covering’
    • ‘In older houses ceramic tiles are used as floor coverings.’
    • ‘Buy wallpaper, fabric and floor coverings for their practical as well as decorative effect.’
    • ‘Some type of hat or head covering is almost always worn because of the extreme temperatures and strong sunlight.’
    • ‘I had collapsed onto the thick down covers of my four-poster, with its deep purple silk coverings that I had loved so much.’
    • ‘The salvaged roof covering can then be installed on the front, maintaining the original look of the house.’
    • ‘The shop has high-end window coverings of silk, linen and polyester.’
    • ‘I was wearing a short covering of some kind that covered my chest and lower body.’
    • ‘At this point the visitors removed their head coverings and set them aside.’
    • ‘He lay still, pale and quiet underneath a protective plastic covering.’
    • ‘The bundles are protected by the cable's outer covering, called a jacket.’
    • ‘The window covering has a head rail in which all the components are housed.’
    • ‘It started as a way to make coverings for floors like this!’
    • ‘How a room is used will help you determine what wall coverings are most suitable.’
    • ‘The woman actually cut the thin, magnetic disk out of the plastic protective covering!’
    • ‘We plan to replace our third-floor carpet and vinyl floor coverings with tile.’
    • ‘This typically involves lining up bottles on a table with a white surface or a covering such as a tablecloth or sheet.’
    • ‘Elegant satin and silk coverings with braid and lace can cost quite a bit.’
    • ‘To view this slow moving but miraculous event please don your dark glasses or protective eye coverings.’
    • ‘He could not have climbed out without someone on the outside removing the covering.’
    • ‘Worker clothing, eye protection, and facial coverings are required to avoid contaminating the assembly area.’
    awning, tarpaulin, cowling, casing, housing
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    1. 1.1[usually in singular]A layer of something that covers something else.
      ‘the sky was obscured by a covering of cloud’
      • ‘The mail sat piled on the small kitchen table with a slight covering of dust.’
      • ‘Without missing a beat, Jake pursued the figure as it dashed through the thick covering of trees.’
      • ‘They should be stored in a single layer with a loose covering of plastic wrap.’
      • ‘Turning on our torches, the walls came alive with a thick covering of hydroids, sponges and anemones.’
      • ‘The primary units cannot be easily detected because of the dense covering of ragged elements on the shell surface.’
      • ‘She woke, damp with morning dew, coated in a light covering of mud and grime.’
      • ‘The seeds of many species have a fleshy outer covering, which is also edible.’
      • ‘In height, he came up to her waist, and muscles rippled beneath the thick covering of dark fur.’
      • ‘I finished off with a thick covering of bark mulch to preserve moisture, suppress weeds and add organic material.’
      • ‘The surfaces must have the maximum possible pace and bounce with a reasonable covering of grass.’
      • ‘It came out of the west over a thick covering of Australian pine trees.’
      • ‘The drums will then be covered by several impervious layers before a covering of soil to ground level.’
      • ‘Several layers of filmy covering met her eyes, and through this her hands weaved carefully.’
      • ‘The current and clarity of the water have given rise to a dense covering of vibrant soft and hard corals.’
      • ‘I woke up Sunday morning to a light covering of snow over a thin layer of ice.’
      • ‘A nice covering of skin with a good tone and pinkish cheeks can alter a person's face entirely.’
      • ‘We know very little about the outer covering of the various types of dinosaurs.’
      • ‘Through the window's thin covering, silhouettes could be seen.’
      • ‘A covering of snow dusted the ground.’
      • ‘The bows are a straight vertical edge with a full covering of anemones.’
      layer, coating, coat, cover, carpet, blanket, overlay, topping, dusting, cloak, mantle, canopy, film, sheet, veneer, crust, surface, skim, skin, thickness, deposit, veil, pall, shroud
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