Definition of covering in US English:

covering

noun

  • 1A thing used to cover something else, typically in order to protect or conceal it.

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

covering

/ˈkəv(ə)rɪŋ//ˈkəv(ə)riNG/