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- (now rare) Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
- (figuratively) Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:
- how covert matters may be best disclosed
- 2013 July 26, Leo Hickman, “How algorithms rule the world”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 7, page 26:
- The use of algorithms in policing is one example of their increasing influence on our lives. […] who, if anyone, is policing their use[?] Such concerns were sharpened further by the continuing revelations about how the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been using algorithms to help it interpret the colossal amounts of data it has collected from its covert dragnet of international telecommunications.
- (law, historical) Under coverture.
- Synonym: covert baron
- 1880, Weekly Notes of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the County Courts of Philadelphia, and the United States District and Circuit Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, page 292:
- […] a separate use for a woman cannot be created unless she is covert, or unless in immediate contemplation of her marriage.
- 1890, Albert Gibson, Robert McLean, Law Notes, page 77:
- […] in the second case, as long as the woman is covert she cannot anticipate the income, and a mere alienation of her interest is not an attempt to anticipate.
- 1906, Abraham Clark Freeman, The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and Authority Subsequent to Those Contained in the "American Decisions" [1760-1869] and the "American Reports" [1869-1887] Decided in the Courts of Last Resort of the Several States [1886-1911], page 305:
- Being advised of the fact that the woman is covert, he stands charged with a knowledge of her disability . A married woman has no power to deal as principal if she is in fact a surety […]
covert (plural coverts)
- A covering.
- A disguise.
- A hiding place.
- Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.
- (ornithology) A feather that covers the bases of flight feathers.
covering — see covering
disguise — see disguise
area of thick undergrowth for hiding
type of feather
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