from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not openly practiced, avowed, engaged in, accumulated, or shown: covert military operations; covert funding for the rebels. See Synonyms at secret.
- adj. Covered or covered over; sheltered.
- adj. Law Being married and therefore protected by one's husband.
- n. A covering or cover.
- n. A covered place or shelter; hiding place.
- n. Thick underbrush or woodland affording cover for game.
- n. Zoology One of the small feathers covering the bases of the longer feathers of a bird's wings or tail.
- n. A flock of coots. See Synonyms at flock1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Hidden, covered over; overgrown, sheltered.
- adj. Secret, surreptitious, concealed.
- n. Area of thick undergrowth where animals hide.
- n. A feather that covers others
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Covered over; private; hid; secret; disguised.
- adj. Sheltered; not open or exposed; retired; protected.
- adj. Under cover, authority or protection.
- n. A place that covers and protects; a shelter; a defense.
- n. One of the special feathers covering the bases of the quills of the wings and tail of a bird. See Illust. of Bird.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Covered; hidden; private; secret; concealed; disguised.
- Sheltered; not open or exposed: as, a covert place.
- In law, under cover, authority, or protection: said of a married woman. See feme covert, under feme.
- n. A protection; a shelter; a defense; something that covers and shelters.
- n. Something that conceals or hides; a screen; a disguise; a pretext; an excuse.
- n. A thicket; a shady place or a hiding-place; a cover for game.
- n. Same as coverture, 3.
- n. In fowling, a company; a flock.
- n. plural In ornithology, feathers covering the bases, or more, of the large feathers of the wing or tail; the tectrices.
- To cover.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a flock of coots
- n. a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something
- adj. (of a wife) being under the protection of her husband
- adj. secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed
In Egypt, the press has increasingly reported on what it calls a covert Shiite invasion.
WHITFIELD: Federal auditors blister the Bush White House over what they call covert propaganda.
The Democrats have demanded an investigation and want to outlaw what they call covert propaganda.
He was appalled by the gifted amateurs in covert operations, who clearly were out of their league up against the ruthless KGB.
These restrictions forced some artists to abandon their craft, and many to continue practicing in covert fashion.
Selma breathed heavily, walked with lead feet, and possessed a grandmotherly smell that will forever be endearing to me (but problematic in covert operations).
Not being satisfied with SEAL claims alone, these imposters often make additional claims of special skills (sniper, courier, etc), or of participation in covert operations for the CIA or other “shadowy” agencies, in order to re-emphasize the “ultra-secret” nature of the work they claim to have done and the “extremely classified” and “inaccessible” nature of their military records.
For Pakistanis the word "Blackwater" has become a byword for covert American operations targeting the country's nuclear capability.
Having said that, there is a world of difference of being hippocrits in covert action that deviates from official policy respecting human rights and international law and changing official policy to violate human rights and international law.
The only problem is that if the United States were involved in covert action in Iran, this is exactly what we would expect the President to say.