from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See cover letter.
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- n. A cover letter.
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- n. a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
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In a covering letter Mr. Darwin pointed out that the enclosure contained a sketch of a theory of Natural Selection as depending on the struggle for existence so identical with one he himself entertained and fully described in MS. in 1842 that he never saw a more striking coincidence: had Mr. Wallace seen his sketch he could not have made a better short abstract, even his terms standing “as heads of chapters.”
We got the news of it in Rome not from Aulus Albinus but from Jugurtha, who sent the Senate a copy of the treaty with a covering letter complaining sharply about Roman treachery in invading a peacefully intentioned country that had not lifted so much as a warlike finger against Rome.
You will have received your share of Sextus Pompeius’s hoard together with my covering letter by now, and I take leave to tell you that this enormous sum of money, paid in coin of the Republic, cancels any obligation I have to send you twenty thousand soldiers.
By now of course my eye had lighted on the second envelope to which Mr. Anderson's covering letter made such tantalising reference.