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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Lumahai is a perfect cove of white sand bordered by black lava rock.
▪ Drizzle popped against the roof of his truck and fell around the boats in the cove like bits of broken glass.
▪ I head for the cove to inspect the damage.
▪ It was squat and solid, in a cove, with outbuildings, some land and its own sandy bay.
▪ The peak was scalloped into two shaggy wings across its western exposure, which made it appear to be embracing the cove.
▪ The policeman turned and took in the entire cove.
▪ There's a little cove about half-way between here and the big house - the Hamilton house.
▪ This section is one of the most dramatic, weaving in and out of sheltered coves and exposed headlands.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cove \Cove\, v. t. [CF. F. couver, It. covare. See Covey.] To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.

Not being able to cove or sit upon them [eggs], she [the female tortoise] bestoweth them in the gravel.


Cove \Cove\ (k[=o]v), n. [AS. cofa room; akin to G. koben pigsty, orig., hut, Icel. kofi hut, and perh. to E. cobalt.]

  1. A retired nook; especially, a small, sheltered inlet, creek, or bay; a recess in the shore.

    Vessels which were in readiness for him within secret coves and nooks.

  2. A strip of prairie extending into woodland; also, a recess in the side of a mountain. [U.S.]

  3. (Arch.)

    1. A concave molding.

    2. A member, whose section is a concave curve, used especially with regard to an inner roof or ceiling, as around a skylight.


Cove \Cove\, n. [A gypsy word, covo that man, covi that woman.] A boy or man of any age or station. [Slang]

There's a gentry cove here.
--Wit's Recreations (1654).

Now, look to it, coves, that all the beef and drink Be not filched from us.
--Mrs. Browning.


Cove \Cove\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coved (k?vd); p. pr. & vb. n. Coving.] (Arch.) To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.

The mosques and other buildings of the Arabians are rounded into domes and coved roofs.
--H. Swinburne.

Coved ceiling, a ceiling, the part of which next the wail is constructed in a cove.

Coved vault, a vault composed of four coves meeting in a central point, and therefore the reverse of a groined vault.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "den, cave," from Old English cofa "small chamber, cell," from Proto-Germanic *kubon (compare Old High German kubisi "tent, hut," German Koben "pigsty," Old Norse kofi "hut, shed"). Extension of meaning to "small bay" is 1580s, apparently via Scottish dialectal meaning "small hollow place in coastal rocks" (a survival of an Old English secondary sense).


"fellow, chap," slang from at least 1560s, said to be from Romany (Gypsy) cova "that man."


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context now uncommon English) A hollow in a rock; a cave or cavern. (from 9th c.) 2 (context architecture English) A concave vault or archway, especially the arch of a ceiling. (from 16th c.) 3 A small coastal inlet, especially one having high cliffs protecting vessels from prevailing winds. (from 16th c.) 4 (context US English) A strip of prairie extending into woodland. 5 A recess or sheltered area on the slopes of a mountain. (from 19th c.) 6 (context nautical English) The wooden roof of the stern gallery of an old sailing warship. (from 19th c.) 7 (context nautical English) A thin line, sometimes gilded, along a yacht's strake below deck level. (from 19th c.) vb. (context architecture English) To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context British English) A fellow; a man. 2 (context Australia English) A friend; a mate. Etymology 3

vb. To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.

  1. n. a small inlet

  2. small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain

Cove, AR -- U.S. town in Arkansas
Population (2000): 383
Housing Units (2000): 181
Land area (2000): 1.727962 sq. miles (4.475400 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.727962 sq. miles (4.475400 sq. km)
FIPS code: 15700
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.436384 N, 94.411845 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 71937
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cove, AR
Cove, OR -- U.S. city in Oregon
Population (2000): 594
Housing Units (2000): 247
Land area (2000): 0.810461 sq. miles (2.099085 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.810461 sq. miles (2.099085 sq. km)
FIPS code: 16250
Located within: Oregon (OR), FIPS 41
Location: 45.298536 N, 117.809329 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 97824
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cove, OR
Cove, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
Population (2000): 323
Housing Units (2000): 146
Land area (2000): 1.217325 sq. miles (3.152857 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.045900 sq. miles (0.118880 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.263225 sq. miles (3.271737 sq. km)
FIPS code: 17336
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 29.813446 N, 94.825020 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cove, TX
Cove, UT -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Utah
Population (2000): 443
Housing Units (2000): 123
Land area (2000): 15.037163 sq. miles (38.946071 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 15.037163 sq. miles (38.946071 sq. km)
FIPS code: 16490
Located within: Utah (UT), FIPS 49
Location: 41.959069 N, 111.792783 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Cove, UT

A cove is a small type of bay or coastal inlet. Coves usually have narrow, restricted entrances, are often circular or oval, and are often situated within a larger bay. Small, narrow, sheltered bays, inlets, creeks, or recesses in a coast are often considered coves. Colloquially, the term can be used to describe a sheltered bay.

Geomorphology describes coves as precipitously-walled and rounded cirque-like openings as in a valley extending into or down a mountainside, or in a hollow or nook of a cliff or steep mountainside.

Coves are formed by differential erosion, which occurs when softer rocks are worn away faster than the harder rocks surrounding them. These rocks further erode to form a circular bay with a narrow entrance, called a cove.

A notable example is Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England. To its west, a second cove, Stair Hole, is forming.

Cove (standing stones)

A cove is a tightly concentrated group of large standing stones found in Neolithic and Bronze Age England. Coves are square or rectangular in plan and seem to have served as small enclosures within other henge, stone circle or avenue features. They consist of three or four orthostats placed together to give the impression of a box. An opening between the stones, oriented south east is also a feature.

They may have developed from the elaborate facades that fronted Neolithic long barrows although their original function is unknown.

Examples include:

  • The Longstones in Wiltshire;
  • The cove at Avebury Henge in Wiltshire;
  • The cove at Stanton Drew in Somerset and
  • The cove at Mount Pleasant henge in Dorset

Cové is a city located in the Zou Department of Benin. The commune covers an area of 525 square kilometres and as of 2012 had a population of 43,554 people.

Cove (disambiguation)

A cove is a small type of bay or coastal inlet.

Cove or coving may also refer to:

Cove (Appalachian Mountains)

In the central and southern Appalachian Mountains of Eastern North America, a cove is a small valley between two ridge lines that is closed at one or both ends.

Among the places where the word "cove" appears in the name of an Appalachian valley are Morrison Cove in Pennsylvania; Lost Cove, North Carolina; Bumpass Cove, Tennessee; Doran Cove, Grassy Cove, Ladd Cove, in or adjacent to the Sequatchie Valley of Tennessee and Alabama; and numerous locations in the Great Smoky Mountains, including Cades Cove, Greenbrier Cove, Miller Cove, Tuckaleechee Cove, and Wears Cove. Burke's Garden in western Virginia is another example of a cove.

Usage examples of "cove".

They also went for an occasional swim in the cove, where they played with David and she told him all the history of the Ama and of Kuro and expertly parried all his questions about the world outside the island.

McGinty: patrolling slowly back and forth across the straits until noon, performing the duties just described, then after lunch anchoring in a quiet little cove on the Shikoku side for the afternoon, watching the strait visually and by radar, and communicating with any passing ships by radio or twenty-four-inch signal light.

The arkansite variety occurs with rutile in the elaeolite-syenite of Magnet Cove in Hot Spring county, Arkansas.

Several skiffs, bateaux, and canoes were hauled up on the shore, and in the cove itself lay the little craft from which Jasper obtained his claim to be considered a sailor.

Not much later a bergantine had come rowing out of a hidden cove and had drawn alongside them, carefully remaining a bow-shot away.

Once, when he was a mogul of bean-counting, when he was peeing strongly, when he was fucking Jo on his desk, her legs bifurcated eagerly, he tried to buy the house up in the bracken, which has its own path to the cove.

The terrain from the cove on the shore of Bight where the dory sheltered was more a cliff than a slope.

They were running fast toward the head of this cove, and I had hard work to hold Black Bolly to a safe gait along that tricky rim.

Pyra Quadde set her course back toward land, moving northerly, hoping to pick up one of the mighty schools of whales that broached and sunned themselves off the deserted coves.

March Brume occupied a stretch of rocky beach along a cove warded by huge cliffs to the north and a broad salt marsh to the south.

Prior to the disCovery of gold two years ago, Yerba Buena Cove was not on the route of most shipping lines.

American flag was raised in the Plaza, that Yerba Buena Cove was renamed San Francisco, the Plaza was renamed Portsmouth Square, and the nameless thoroughfare along the waterfront was christened Montgomery Street.

It was high tide when we rounded the northern tip of the island into a protected cove and Chubby ran the whaleboat on to the sand only twenty yards from the first line of palm trees.

He got almost a proprietary kick out of first emphasizing the murky waters and overcrowded sands of the Croisette beaches, until she was as saddened as a child with a broken toy, and then taking her on a mere fifteen-minute ferry ride to the Ile Ste Marguerite and over the eucalyptus-shaded walks to the clean rocky coves on the other side which only a few fortunate tourists ever find.

As soon as the cushats began to fly from the woods to the fields, and the hillsides were streaked with grey motes of light, Big Harry and his son rowed into the cove, and then Little Harry went to catch the old mare on the moor.