Main definitions of cove in English

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cove1

noun

  • 1A small sheltered bay.

    • ‘The best way to get around the sheltered coves and hidden bays is either on a moped or by boat.’
    • ‘Farmed salmon are usually held in nets suspended in the shallow waters and sheltered coves of the West Coast.’
    • ‘We endured it until midday, then chose to find a sheltered cove to take a cooling dip.’
    • ‘They can be found in the more sheltered coves along the west coast, including those on Achill.’
    • ‘Even away from the major seal colonies, many sheltered coves have a resident seal or two.’
    • ‘In a sheltered cove, the small dive boat we are sitting in wobbles slightly on the olive green water.’
    • ‘A single small boat anchored in the cove departed shortly after we arrived.’
    • ‘In narrow inlets and coves, the wave can become focused or amplified, reaching tens of metres in height.’
    • ‘There are secluded coves, rocky inlets and long stretches of white sand.’
    • ‘There are beautiful white sandy beaches all over the island and sheltered coves overlooked by pine-covered cliffs.’
    • ‘At its side is a sheltered cove, just made for relaxing and swimming.’
    • ‘On the first day we moved around locally, nosing into small bays and coves, or calas as the locals call them.’
    • ‘Its jagged coastline is over 90 miles long, producing hundreds of beautiful white sand beaches, bays, and coves.’
    • ‘Be bold and take some time to explore some of the sheltered coves and quiet bays that can be found at a spot near you.’
    • ‘But tourists aren't the only ones flocking to the country's bays, coves, and beaches.’
    • ‘Indeed, though the island is only 61 km long, there are 38 beaches in sheltered coves.’
    • ‘We shall put her in the side of a cove, and anchor our ships behind her.’
    • ‘During the holiday we visited many coves and bays with traditional clapboard houses, some abandoned.’
    • ‘Fields of water smack together, foam spitting and curling, but it's sheltered in our cove.’
    • ‘When night falls, it becomes extremely foggy, so they take shelter in a cove.’
    • ‘Then you walk across the beach towards the fishing boats anchored in the shallow cove.’
    bay, inlet, indentation, fjord, natural harbour, anchorage
    lough
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    1. 1.1dialect A sheltered recess, especially in the side of a mountain.
      • ‘Two: even our sleepy suburban cove had been invaded by traffic.’
      • ‘After judging that he had traveled far enough away from Denholm, Lassat set up camp in a small forest cove.’
      • ‘All they found was a small knapsack of books that he had been going to give out when he arrived at the mountain cove.’
      • ‘It was set into the mountain side, and trees bent over it, so that it's cove would be hidden by low hanging branches and leaves.’
      • ‘Finally, satisfied, we launched our silk packet in a corner of the cove sheltered by tall jagged rocks.’
      • ‘Biologists exploring one sheltered cove collected about 268 plant species.’
      • ‘The creature looked down from the ceiling upon the young boy who was trespassing in his cove.’
      • ‘I had been in this cove for as long as I could think.’
      • ‘The surefooted are rewarded with views of sea stacks and coves teeming with more than 160 bird species.’
      • ‘Here you will find deserted coves overlooking the South China Sea and the best egg tarts this side of the Algarve.’
      • ‘A worried passer-by spotted the couple sheltering in a cove and phoned for help.’
      • ‘The trees are rarely as majestic as some of those found in the coves of the Appalachian Mountains.’
      • ‘She reached the hollow entrance in the rocks: the only way to reach the neighboring small cove.’
      • ‘Therefore he has dug one small cove in the ice and has passed the night with the corpses of the six dead men.’
      • ‘Do you ever go down to that little cove below your family's hill anymore?’
      • ‘I looked up at the little rocky cove above the pier.’
      • ‘Adjacent to the cove is the wall, which drops to 50m before becoming a sandy slope.’
      • ‘While still high, mortality in oak-hickory and oak-pine forests was lower than that of cove and alluvial forests.’
      • ‘Rilleta continued walking until she reached her cove, a small hollowed-out hut of earth.’
  • 2Architecture
    A concave arched molding, especially one formed at the junction of a wall with a ceiling.

    • ‘At the top of the second story is a plaster cove cornice, one of three original plaster cornices in Chestertown.’
    • ‘She walked over to the large wardrobe that lined the wall between the cove and the windows.’
    • ‘Ceiling coves were added to help capture and soften the area's reverberation.’
    • ‘Accessories such as moldings, cornices, coves and miters are also available.’
    • ‘A light cove measuring 5 by 7 feet conceals most of the room's fixtures and sheds a uniform glow.’
    • ‘Their inside edges were wooden coves to hold the electric lighting.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective coved
Architecture
  • Provide (a room, ceiling, etc.) with a cove.

    • ‘The interconnecting reception rooms have coved ceilings and intricate centre roses.’
    • ‘The room is furnished with a cast-iron fireplace with tiled inset and mahogany surround and has both a dado rail and coved ceiling.’
    • ‘To the left, off the hall, is a large open plan drawing/dining room with a coved ceiling and fitted wall lights.’
    • ‘Double doors separate two rooms, both with antique-style fireplaces, high coved ceilings and timber floors.’
    • ‘The dining room, which is to the right of the hallway, also has coved cornicing, a picture rail and a fitted gas fire.’

Origin

Old English cofa chamber, cave of Germanic origin; related to German Koben pigpen, pen cove dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation:

cove

/kōv/

Main definitions of cove in English

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cove2

noun

British
informal, dated
  • A man.

    ‘he is a perfectly amiable cove’
    • ‘I thought you well-informed coves might wish to share your knowledge.’
    • ‘Captain, he called himself; looked more like a cove in gent's clothes, if you ask me.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday he took a few pot shots at the hard-working coves in our business section.’
    • ‘Last night the man took one final comment from a man in the front row, an intellectual-looking cove in a smart suit.’
    • ‘Rumpole is an amiable old cove.’
    • ‘He always struck me as an unconventional cove for whom few things would be off-limits.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: perhaps from Romany kova thing or person.

Pronunciation:

cove

/kōv/