American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
- adj. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
- adj. Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
- n. A covering or cover.
- n. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
- n. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
- n. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
- n. A flock of coots. See Synonyms at flock1.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Covered; hidden; private; secret; concealed; disguised.
- Sheltered; not open or exposed: as, a covert place.
- In law, under cover, authority, or protection: said of a married woman. See feme covert, under feme. Synonyms Latent, Occult, etc. See
- n. A protection; a shelter; a defense; something that covers and shelters.
- n. Something that conceals or hides; a screen; a disguise; a pretext; an excuse.
- n. A thicket; a shady place or a hiding-place; a cover for game.
- n. Same as coverture, 3.
- n. In fowling, a company; a flock.
- n. plural In ornithology, feathers covering the bases, or more, of the large feathers of the wing or tail; the tectrices. They are divided into superior and inferior, or upper and lower, coverts. The upper wing-coverts are divided into primary, which overlie the bases of the primaries, and secondary, which overlie the bases of the secondaries. The last-named set are subdivided into the greater coverts, a single row projecting furthest upon the secondaries; the median coverts, a single row coming next in order; and the lesser or least coverts, including all the remainder, without distinction of rows. The secondary coverts are also
antebrachialor cubital, being situated upon the forearm; the primary coverts are manual, situated upon the manus. The under wing-coverts and the upper and under tail-coverts are not subdivided. Tail-coverts of either set sometimes project far beyond the tail-feathers, forming, for instance, the gorgeous train of the peacock. The extent to which the upper wing-coverts overlie the secondaries is available as a character in classification; it is least in the Passeres, the highest birds. See tectrices.
- To cover.
- adj. Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
- adj. figuratively Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
- n. Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.
- n. A feather that covers others
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
- adj. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected.
- adj. (Law) Under cover, authority or protection.
- n. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See
- n. a flock of coots
- n. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
- adj. (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband
- adj. secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
- From Old French covert, past participle of covrir ("to cover") (corresponding to Latin coopertus); cognate to cover. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from past participle of covrir, to cover; see cover. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In Egypt, the press has increasingly reported on what it calls a covert Shiite invasion.”
“WHITFIELD: Federal auditors blister the Bush White House over what they call covert propaganda.”
“The Democrats have demanded an investigation and want to outlaw what they call covert propaganda.”
“He was appalled by the gifted amateurs in covert operations, who clearly were out of their league up against the ruthless KGB.”
“These restrictions forced some artists to abandon their craft, and many to continue practicing in covert fashion.”
“Selma breathed heavily, walked with lead feet, and possessed a grandmotherly smell that will forever be endearing to me (but problematic in covert operations).”
“Not being satisfied with SEAL claims alone, these imposters often make additional claims of special skills (sniper, courier, etc), or of participation in covert operations for the CIA or other “shadowy” agencies, in order to re-emphasize the “ultra-secret” nature of the work they claim to have done and the “extremely classified” and “inaccessible” nature of their military records.”
“For Pakistanis the word "Blackwater" has become a byword for covert American operations targeting the country's nuclear capability.”
“Having said that, there is a world of difference of being hippocrits in covert action that deviates from official policy respecting human rights and international law and changing official policy to violate human rights and international law.”
“The only problem is that if the United States were involved in covert action in Iran, this is exactly what we would expect the President to say.”
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