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  • IPA(key): /ˈkʌvəɹɪŋ/
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Etymology 1[edit]

Present participle or participial adjective from cover (verb) +‎ -ing; or, from Middle English participle form of coveren, keveren (to cover).



  1. present participle and gerund of cover

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English coverynge, -inge, keverynge, -inge [verbal noun of coveren, keveren (to cover)][1]; or, verbal noun from cover (verb) +‎ -ing.


covering (countable and uncountable, plural coverings)

  1. (countable) That which covers or conceals; a cover; something spread or laid over or wrapped about another.
    • 2020 May 20, Richard Clinnick, “Network News: More trains... but advice is not to use public transport”, in Rail, page 6:
      Face covering is also mentioned: "There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms. [...] If you can, wear a face covering if you need to use public transport."
  2. (uncountable) Action of the verb to cover.
  3. (topology) A continuous map onto a topological space , , such that there exists a discrete space and for every an open neighborhood , such that and is a homeomorphism for every .
Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ cǒveringe, ger.(1).”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2018, retrieved 16 December 2019.