Etymology
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covering (n.)

c. 1300, "that which covers;" early 14c., "act or process of placing a cover upon," verbal noun from cover (v.).

updated on April 26, 2018

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Definitions of covering from WordNet

covering (n.)
the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it;
Synonyms: cover / screening / masking
covering (n.)
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it);
covering (n.)
the act of protecting something by covering it;
covering (n.)
the work of applying something;
Synonyms: application / coating
covering (n.)
a natural object that covers or envelops;
under a covering of dust
Synonyms: natural covering / cover
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