cov·ert (kōvərt, kō-vûrt, kŭvərt)
1. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
2. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
3. Law Under former English common law, married and therefore falling under the authority and protection of one's husband. Used of a woman.
1. A covering or cover.
a. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
b. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
3. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
[Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of covrir, to cover; see COVER.]
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