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- (General American) IPA(key): /ʌnˈkʌvɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ʌnˈkʌvə(ɹ)/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ʌvə(ɹ)
- To remove a cover from.
- The model railway was uncovered.
- To reveal the identity of.
- The murderer has finally been uncovered.
- To show openly; to disclose; to reveal.
- (reflexive, intransitive) To remove one's hat or cap as a mark of respect.
- 1824, Town and Country Tales, page 115:
- Alfred, surprised to meet his father, whom he thought absent from home, […] stood, holding his firelock in one hand, and his hat in the other, having uncovered himself as soon as he perceived his father.
- 1891, N. H. Chamberlain, “In the Footprints of Burgoyne's Army”, in New England Magazine, volume 4, Boston, MA: New England Magazine Corporation:
- The English soldiers were directed in general orders to salute and uncover before the Host as it passed, and here in the wilderness the old religion held firm sway.
- (reflexive, intransitive) To expose the genitalia.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 159:
- The phallus had power to subdue the attacks of demons and the Evil Eye; and the female organs were potent over elemental disturbances, thus a woman uncovering herself could quell a storm.
- (military, transitive) To expose (lines of formation of troops) successively by the wheeling to right or left of the lines in front.
- (to show openly): expose, uncloak; see also Thesaurus:reveal
- (to remove one's hat or cap): doff, uncoif, unhat; see also Thesaurus:undress
to remove a cover from
expose — see expose