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A court consisting of military or naval officers, for the trial of offenses of a military character.


  1. The act of soliciting favor. – Swift.
  2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of a woman to marriage. – Dryden.
  3. Civility; elegance of manners. [Obs.] – Donne.

COUS'IN, a. [kuz'n.]

Allied. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

COUS'IN, n. [kuz'n; Fr. cousin. Qu. contracted from L. consobrinus, or consanguineus, or is it allied to the Persian خِوِبشْ related, kindred.]

  1. In a general sense, one collaterally related more remotely than a brother or sister. But,
  2. Appropriately, the son or daughter of an uncle or aunt; the children of brothers and sisters being usually denominated cousins, or cousin-germans. In the second generation, they are called second cousins.
  3. A title given by a king to a nobleman, particularly to those of the council. – Johnson.

COUS'SI-NET, n. [Fr. a cushion.]

In architecture, the crowning stone of a pier, lying on the capital of the impost.

COU-TEAU, n. [cooto'. Fr. a knife.]

A hanger.

COVE, n. [Sax. cof, cofe, an inner room, a den. Qu. Obs. L. covum. The Spanish has the word with the Arabic prefix, alcoba and alcove; Port. alcove; It. alcovo. It may be allied to cubby, W. cwb, a hollow place, a cote or kennel; or to cave, Ar. قَبَّ kabba, to arch, or قَابَ kauba, to make hollow.]

A small inlet, creek or bay; a recess in the sea shore, where vessels and boats may sometimes be sheltered from the winds and waves.

COVE, v.t.

To arch over; as, a coved ceiling. Swinburne.

COVE'NA-BLE, a. [Old Fr.]

Fit; suitable. [Obs.] – Wickliffe.

COV'E-NANT, n. [Fr. convenant, the participle of convenir, to agree; L. convenio, con and venio, to come; Norm. conevence, a covenant; It. convenzione, from L. conventio. Literally, a coming together; a meeting or agreement of minds.]

  1. A mutual consent or agreement of two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract; stipulation. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract. – Encyc. Blackstone.
  2. A writing containing the terms of agreement or contract between parties; or the clause of agreement in a deed containing the covenant.
  3. In theology, the covenant of works, is that implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man's perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die. The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ. The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel. – Cruden. Encyc.
  4. In church affairs, a solemn agreement between the members of a church, that they will walk together according to the precepts of the gospel, in brotherly affection.

COV'E-NANT, v.i.

To enter into a formal agreement; to stipulate; to bind one's self by contract. A. covenants with B. to convey to him a certain estate. When the terms are expressed, it has for before the thing or price. They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. – Matth. xxvi.

COV'E-NANT, v.t.

To grant or promise by covenant.


Pledged or promised by covenant.


The person to whom a covenant is made. – Blackstone.


He who makes a covenant. – Blackstone.


Making a covenant; stipulating.


COV'ER, n.

  1. Any thing which is laid, set or spread over another thing; as, the cover of a vessel; the cover of a bed.
  2. Any thing which veils or conceals; a screen; disguise; superficial appearance. Affected gravity may serve as a cover for a deceitful heart.
  3. Shelter; defense; protection. The troops fought under cover of the batteries.
  4. Concealment and protection. The army advanced under cover of the night.
  5. Shelter; retreat; in hunting.
  6. A plate set on the table.

COV'ER, v.t. [Fr. couvrir; Sp. and Port. cubrir; It. coprire; Norm. coverer and converer; from L. cooperio.]

  1. To overspread the surface of a thing with another substance to lay or set over; as, to cover a table with a cloth, or a floor with a carpet. The valleys are covered with corn. – Ps. lxv. The locusts shall cover the face of the earth. – Ex. x.
  2. To hide; to conceal by something overspread. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me. – Ps. cxxxix.
  3. To conceal by some intervening object; as, the enemy was covered from our sight by a forest.
  4. To clothe; as, to cover with a robe or mantle; to cover nakedness. – 1 Sam. xxviii, 14. Ex. xxviii, 42.
  5. To overwhelm. The waters covered the chariots and horsemen. – Ex. xiv. Let them be covered with reproach. – Ps. lxxi.
  6. To conceal from notice or punishment. Charity shall cover the multitude of sins. – 1 Pet. iv.
  7. To conceal; to refrain from disclosing or confessing. He that covereth his sin shall not prosper. Prov. xxviii.
  8. To pardon or remit. Blessed is he whose sin is covered. – Ps. xxxii.
  9. To vail, applied to women. – 1 Cor. xi. To wear a hat, applied to men. Be covered, sir.
  10. To wrap, infold or envelop; as, to cover a package of goods.
  11. To shelter; to protect; to defend. A squadron of horse covered the troops on the retreat. And the soft wings of peace cover him around. – Cowley.
  12. To brood; to incubate; as, a hen covering her eggs. – Addison.
  13. To copulate with a female.
  14. To equal, or be of equal extent; to be equivalent to; as, the receipts do not cover the expenses; a mercantile use of the word.
  15. To disguise; to conceal hypocritically.
  16. To include, embrace or comprehend. This land was covered by a mortgage. – Johnson's Rep.


A covering for the head. [Obs.] – Chaucer.

COV'ER-CLE, n. [Fr.]

A small cover; a lid.

COV'ER-ED, pp.

Spread over; hid; concealed; clothed; vailed; having a hat on; wrapped; inclosed; sheltered; protected; disguised.


He or that which covers.


  1. That which covers; any thing spread or laid over another, whether for security or concealment. Noah removed the covering of the ark. – Gen. viii. He spread a cloud for a covering. – Ps. cv. Destruction hath no covering. – Job xxvi.
  2. A cover; a lid. Every open vessel that hath no covering. – Numb. xix.
  3. Clothing; raiment; garments; dress. They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. Job xxiv.

COV'ER-ING, ppr.

Spreading over; laying over; concealing; vailing; clothing; wrapping; inclosing; protecting; disguising.