covert


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Covert \Cov"ert\, n. [OF. See Covert, a.]
   1. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
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            A tabernacle . . . for a covert from storm. --Is.
                                                  iv. 6.
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            The highwayman has darted from his covered by the
            wayside.                              --Prescott.
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   2. [Cf. F. couverte.] (Zool.) One of the special feathers
      covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of
      a bird. See Illust. of Bird.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Covert \Cov"ert\ (k?v"?rt), a. [OF. covert, F. couvert, p. p. of
   couvrir. See Cover, v. t.]
   1. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
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            How covert matters may be best disclosed. --Shak.
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            Whether of open war or covert guile.  --Milton
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   2. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected; as, a
      covert nook. -- Wordsworth.
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            Of either side the green, to plant a covert alley.
                                                  --Bacon.
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   3. (Law) Under cover, authority or protection; as, a feme
      covert, a married woman who is considered as being under
      the protection and control of her husband.
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   Covert way, (Fort.) See Covered way, under Covered.

   Syn: Hidden; secret; private; covered; disguised; insidious;
        concealed. See Hidden.
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