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  • adj. protected by a covering or shelter

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. in an envelope, or within a letter; -- said of a written message.

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Examples

  • Penrod made his escape under cover of this diversion: he slid behind Mrs. Lora Rewbush, and being near a door, opened it unnoticed and went out quickly, closing it behind him.

    Penrod

  • BY WASHINGTON IRVING [ADAPTED] DURING the evacuation of New York by Washington, two divisions of the enemy, encamped on Long Island, one British under Sir Henry Clinton, the other Hessian under Colonel Donop, emerged in boats from the deep wooded recesses of Newtown Inlet, and under cover of the fire from the ships began to land at two points between Turtle and Kip's Bays.

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • Three days later, when Cleitus and Glaucias were confident that the Macedonians were far away, Alexander quietly moved back across the river under cover of darkness.

    Alexander the Great

  • When the army of the Trojans passed the night under arms, keeping watch lest the enemy should re-embark under cover of the dark,

    A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

  • MY DEAR JEFFERSON -- I have just recieved the inclosed letter under cover from Mr. Bankhead which I presume is from Anne and will inform you she is well.

    Letters

  • Thither, under cover of night, heathen priests were wont to bring their victims -- both men and beasts -- and slay them upon the altar of the thunder-god.

    Good Stories for Great Holidays

  • The files say that under cover of the hunt for Mrs. Rubrick, an extensive search was made.

    Died in the Wool

  • Caraline's throaty tone never changed, but her gelding suddenly pranced, no doubt at a sharp heel, and under cover of regaining control she turned her back to Darlin and shot Rand a brief warning frown.

    A Crown of Swords

  • Franks's arrival, I have inclosed my private letters for Virginia under cover to our delegation in general, which otherwise I would have taken the liberty to inclose particularly to you, as best acquainted with the situation of the persons to whom they are addressed.

    Letters

  • Write also one letter every week either to your aunt Eppes, your aunt Skipwith, your aunt Carr, or the little lady from whom I now inclose a letter, and always put the letter you so write under cover to me.

    Letters

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