Cover vs Overwhelm - What's the difference?

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Cover is a related term of overwhelm.

As a noun cover

is cover version, cover song.

As a verb overwhelm is

to engulf, surge over and submerge.

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(wikipedia cover)


(en noun)
  • A lid.
  • A hiding from view.
  • A front and back of a book or magazine.
  • A top sheet of a bed.
  • A cover charge.
  • A setting at a restaurant table or formal .
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  • , title=(The Celebrity) , chapter=1 citation , passage=When I gave a dinner there was generally a cover laid for him. I liked the man for his own sake, and even had he promised to turn out a celebrity it would have had no weight with me.}}
  • (music) A rerecording of a previously recorded song; a cover version; a cover song.
  • (cricket) A fielding position on the off side, between point and mid off, about 30° forward of square; a fielder in this position.
  • (topology) A set (more often known as a family ) of sets, whose union contains the given set.
  • (philately) An envelope complete with stamps and postmarks etc.
  • (military) A solid object, including terrain, that provides protection from enemy fire.
  • (legal) In commercial law, a buyer’s purchase on the open market of goods similar or identical to the goods contracted for after a seller has breached a contract of sale by failure to deliver the goods contracted for.
  • (insurance) An insurance contract; coverage by an insurance contract.
  • (espionage) A persona maintained by a spy or undercover operative, cover story
  • The portion of a slate, tile, or shingle that is hidden by the overlap of the course above.
  • (Knight)
  • In a steam engine, the lap of a slide valve.
  • Derived terms

    * cover board * cover charge * cover letter * cover story * cover version * take cover * tonneau cover


  • Of or pertaining to the front cover of a book or magazine.
  • (music) Of, pertaining to, or consisting of cover versions.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To place something over or upon, as to conceal or protect.
  • :
  • :
  • To be over or upon, as to conceal or protect.
  • :
  • *
  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire.
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  • To be upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
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  • To set upon all of, so as to completely conceal.
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  • To invest (oneself with something); to bring upon (oneself).
  • :
  • *(John Brougham) (1814-1880)
  • *:the powers that covered themselves with everlasting infamy by the partition of Poland
  • (label) To discuss thoroughly; to provide coverage of.
  • :
  • To deal with.
  • *2010 (publication date), "Contributors", , ISSN 0274-7529, volume 32, number 1, January–February 2011, page 7:
  • *:Richard Morgan covers science for The Economist'', ''The New York Times'', ''Scientific American'', and ''Wired .
  • To be enough money for.
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  • :
  • (label) To act as a replacement.
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  • (label) To have as an assignment or responsibility.
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  • :
  • (label) To make a cover version of (a song that was originally recorded by another artist).
  • To protect using an aimed firearm and the threat of firing; or'' to protect using continuous, heaving fire at or in the direction of the enemy so as to force the enemy to remain in cover; ''or to threaten using an aimed firearm.
  • To provide insurance coverage for.
  • :
  • To copulate with (said of certain male animals such as dogs and horses).
  • :
  • :
  • To protect or control (a piece or square).
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  • Derived terms

    * coverage * cover up * cover one's bases * coverer * discover * duck and cover * recover * uncover


    * German: (l)




  • To engulf, surge over and submerge.
  • The dinghy was overwhelmed by the great wave.
  • To overpower, crush.
  • In December 1939 the Soviet Union attacked Finland with overwhelming force.
  • * Bible, Psalms lxxviii. 53
  • The sea overwhelmed their enemies.
  • To overpower emotionally.
  • He was overwhelmed with guilt.
    Joy overwhelmed her when she realized that she had won a million dollars.
  • To cause to surround, to cover.
  • (Papin)

    Derived terms

    * overwhelming

    See also

    * too many balls in the air