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1. A small creek or bay. 2. A shelter ; a cover. COVENANT. n. 4. [covenant, French ; conventum, Latin.] x. A contract; a stipulation. He makes a covenant never to destroy The earth again by flood; nor let the sea Surpass his bounds. Milton's Par. Lost. The English make the ocean their abode; Whose ready sails with ev'ry wind can fly, And make a cov'nant with th' inconstant sky: Waller. Some men live as if they had made a covenant with hell: let divines, fathers, friends, say what they will, they stop their ears against them. L'Etrange. 2. An agreement on certain terms; a compact. A covenant is a mutual compact, as we now consider it, betwixt God and min: consisting of mercies, on God's part, made over to many and of conditions, on man's part, required by God. Homond's Práctical Catochism. 3. A writing containing the terms of agreement: I shall but lend my diamond till your return; let there be covenant, drawn between us. Shef. To cooves ANT. a. m. [from the noun.] 1. To bargain; to stipolate. His lord used commonly so to covenant with him ; which if at any time the tenant disliked, he night freely depart at his pleasure. Soor. it had been covenanted between him and the king of England, that neither of them should creat of peace or truce with the French king: Hayward on Edward vi. Bywords men come to know one another's aninds; by these they covenant and co; - South. Jupiter covenanted with him, that it should be hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or windy, as the tenant should direct. D'Estrange. 2. To agree with another on certain terms: with for before either the price or the thing purchased. They covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. Matthew. Pointing to a heap of sand, For ev'ry grain to live a year demand; But, ah! unmindful of th' effect of time, Forgot to ovenant for youth and prime. Garth. Cov EN AN's E'E. . . of om covenant. A party to a covenant; a stipulator; a argainer. Both of them were respective rites of their ...” into the several covenants, and the coso "to become thereby entitled to the respec* Privileges. 4ysis.'s Partoon.

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Cove NA/NTER. n. . [from covenant.] One who takes a covenant. A word introduced in the civil wars. The covenanters shall have no more assurance of mutual assistance each from other, after the taking of the covenant, than they had before. Oxford Reasons against the Covenant. Co’v E No Us. adj. [from covin.] Fraudulent ; collusive; trickish. - I wish some means devised for the restraint of these inordinate and covenous leases of lands, holden in chief, for hundreds or thousands of years. Bacon's Office of Alienation. To COVER. v., a. [couvrir, French.] 1. To overspread any thing with something else. The pastures are cloathed with flocks, the valleys also are covered over with corn. Psalms.

Sea cover'd sea, Sea without shore. Milton. - The flaming mount appear'd In Dothan coworld with a camp of fire. Milton. Go to thy fellows; bid them cover the table, serve in the meat, and we will come to dinner. Słakspeare's Merchant of Penice. 2. To conceal under something laid over. Nor he their outward only with š. skins Of beasts, but inward nakedness, much more Opproprious, with his robe of righteousness Arraying, cover'd from his father's sight. Milt. Cover me, ye pines! Ye cedars, with innumerable boughs Hide me ! that I may never see them more. In life's cool vale let my low scene be #" Cover me, gods, with Tempe's thickest shade! - Cowley. Or lead me to some solitary place, ey And over my retreat from human race. Dryd. 3. To hide by superficial appearances. 4. To overwhelm ; to bury. Raillery and wit serve only to cover nonsense with shame, when reason has first proved it to be mere nonsense. PWatt. 5. To conceal from notice or punishment. Charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

1 Peter. Thou may’s repent, r And one bad act with many deeds well done May'st cover. Milton. 6. To shelter; to protect. His calm and blameless life Does with substantial blessedness abound, . And the soft wings of peace cover him round. - Cowley. 7. To incubate; to brood on. Natural historians observe, that only the male birds have voices; that their songs begin a little before breeding time, and end a little after; that whilst the hen is covering her eggs, the male gonerally takes his stand tipon a neighbouring bough within her hearing, and by that means amuses and diverts her with his songs during the whole time of her sitting. Adition'. Spectator. 8. To copulate with a female. , 9. To wear the hat, or garment of the head, as a mark of superiority or independence. That king had conferred the honour of grandee upon him; which was of no other advantage or signification to hin, than to be covered in the presence of that king. Co’v ER. m. s. (from the verb.] 1. Anything that is laid over another. The seculidine is, but a general cover, no; Yy 2 .

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Dryden. shaped according to the parts; the skin is shared according to the parts. Bacon. The fountains could be strengthened no other way than by making a strong cover or arch over them. Burnet's Theory. * * Orestes' bulky rage, . Unsatisfied with margins closely writ, Foams o'er the covers, and not finish'd yet. Dryden's juvenal. With your hand, or any other cover, you stop the vessel so as wholly to exclude the air. Ray. 2. A concealment; a screen; a veil; a superficial appearance, under which something is hidden. The truth and reason of things may be artificially and effectually insinuated, under the cover either of a real fact or of a supposed one. L'Estrange. As the spleen has great inconveniences, so the retence of it is a handsome cover for imperctions. Collier on the Spleen. 3. Shelter; defence from weather. In the mean time, by being compelled to lodge in the fields, which grew now to be very cold, whilst his army was under cover, they might be forced to retire. Clarendon. Cov ER-sha M.E. n. 4. [cover and shame.] Some appearance used to conceal infamy. Does he put on holy garments for a covershame of lewdness? ... Dryden's Spaniib Friar. Co’v ER IN G. m. s. [from cover.] Dress; vesture; any thing spread over another. The women took and spread a covering over


the well's mouth. - Q Sam. Bring some covering for this naked soul, Whom I 'll intreat to lead me. Shakspeare.

Through her flesh methinks is seen The brighter soul that dwells within; Our eyes the subtle covering pass, And see the lily through its glass. Cowley. Then from the floor he rais'd a royal bed, with cov'rings of Sidonian purple spread. Dryd. Sometimes providence casts things se, that truth and interest lie the same way; and when it is wrapt up in this covering, men can be content to follow it. South. Co’v ER LET. m. J. Yzeuvredit, Fr.] The outermost of the bedclothes; that under which all the rest are concealed. Lay her in lilies and in violets; And silken curtains over her display, And odour'd sheets, and arras coverloo. Spenser. This done, the host produc’d the genial bed, Which with no costly coverlet they spread. Joyden's Faller. I was, for want of a house and bed, forced to lie on the ground, wrapt up in my coverlet. Swift. Co’v ERT. n.s.. [from cover; couvert, Fr.] 1. A shelter; a defence. Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them fictm the face of the spoiler. . Isaiah. There shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and o; J ...? I too. They are by sudden alarm, or watch-word, to be called out to their military motions, under sky or covert according to the season; as was the Roman wont. - Milton. It was the hour of night, when thus the Son Commun'd in silent walk, then laid him down Under the hospitable covert nigh Of trees thick interwoven. Milton. Now have a care your carnations catch not too much wet; therefore retire them to covert. $velyn's Kalendar.

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a married woman, who, by the laws of osir realm, is in potestate viri, and therefore disabled to contract with any to the prejudice of herself or her husband, without his allowance or confirmation. Cowell. The infancy of king Edward vi. and the coverture of queen Mary, did, in fact, disable them to accomplish the conquest of Ireland. Davies on Ireland. To COVET. v. a. [convoiter, French.] x. To desire inordinately; to desire beyond due bounds. If it be a sin to covet honour, I am the most offending man alive. Shakpears. I am yet Unknown to woman; never was forsworn; Scarcely have coveted what was mine own; At no time broke my faith. Shuksp. Macbeth. O father! can it be, that souls sublime Return to visit our terrestrial clime? And that the gen'rous mind releas'd by death, Can covet lazy limbs and mortal breath? * - Dryden's AEneid. 2. To desire earnestly. All things coveting as much as may be to be like unto God in being ever; that which cannot hereunto attain ...; doth seek to continue

itself another way, by offspring and propagation. }. But covet earnestly the best gifts. 1 Cor.

‘To Co’v ET. v. n. To have a strong desire. The love of money is the root of all evil; which while some esveted after, they have erred from the faith. 1 Timothy. Co'y ETAB i.e. adj. [from covet.] To be wished for; to be coveted. Dict. Cover is E. m. s. [convoitise, French.] Avarice ; covetousness of money. Not in use. Most wretched wight, whom nothing might - suffice; Whose : lust did lack in greatest store; Whose used had end, but no end covetire. Fairy Queen. Co’v Erous. adj. [convoiteux, French.] 1. Inordinately desirous ; eager. While cumber'd with my dropping cloaths I lay, The cruel nation, covetous of prey, Stain'd with my blood th' unhospitable coast. Dryden's Aeneid.

2. Inordinately eager of money; avari

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their thirst. - L’Estrange. A covey of partridges springing in our front, put our infantry in disorder. f Addison.

There would be no walking in a shady wood without springing a covey of toasts. Addison. COUGH. m. s. [kuch, Dutch..] A convulsion of the lungs, vellicated by some sharp serosity. It is pronounced coff. In consumptions of the lungs, when nature cannot expel the cough, men fall into fluxes of the belly, and then they die. Bacon. For his dear sake long restless nights you bore, While rattling cough his heaving vessels tore. - Smitb. To Cou GH. v. n. [Auchen, Dutch..] To have the lungs convulsed; to make a noise in endeavouring to evacuate the peccant matter from the lungs. Thou didst drink The stale of horses, and the gilded puddle * Which beasts would cough at. Shakspeare. Thou hast quarrelled with a man for chughing in the street, because he hath wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun. Shakspeare. The first problem enquireth why a man doth cough, but not an ox or cow; whereas the contrary is often observed. Brown. If any humour be discharged upon the lungs, they have a faculty of casting it up by cooling. Ray on the Greation. I cough, like Horace; and, tho' lean, an short. Pope's Epistle. To Cou GH. v. a. To eject by a cough 3 to expectorate. If the matter be to be discharged by expectoration, it must first pass into the substance of the lungs; then into the aspera arteria, or weasand; and from thence be coughed up, and spit out by

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building, used of houses that project over the ground-plot, and the turned projecture arched with timber, lathed and plaistered. ... Harris; Coulb. [the imperfect preterit of can.] Wasable to ; had power to.

And if I have done well, and as is fitting the story, it is that which I desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain oto2 Mas.

What if he did not all the ill he could? Am I oblig'd by that t' assist his orino,

And to maintain his murders? ryden.


Coultr R. n. 1. [culter, Latin.] The
sharp iron of the plough which cuts
the earth, perpendicular to the share.
The Israelites went down to sharpen every
man his share, and his coulter, and his ax, and
his mattock. 1 Souef.
Literature is the grindstone to sharpen the
coulters, to whet their natural faculties.
, Honond on Fundamentals.
The plough for stiff clays is long and broad; and
the coulter long and very little §: with a
very large wing. Mortioner.
CO'UNCIL. m. s. [concilium, Latin.]
1. An assembly of persons met together in
The chief priests, and all the council, sought
false witness. * Alfottbezw.
The Stygian council thus dissolv’d; and forth
In order came the grand infernal peers, Milton.
In histories composed by politicians, they are
for drawing up a perpetual scheme of causes and
events, and preserving a constant correspondence
between the camp and the council table. Addis.
2. Act of publick deliberation.
The scepter'd heralds call
To council in the city gates: anon
co-o; men and grave, with warriors
mix d,
Assemble, and harangues are heard. Milton,
3. An assembly of divines to deliberate
upon religion.
Some borrow all their religion from the fathers
of the christian church, or from their synods or
councils. Watts.

4. Persons called together to be consulted

on any occasion, or to give advice. They being thus assembled, are more properly a council to the king, the great council ... ingdom, to advise his majosty in those things of weight and difficulty which concern both the king and people, than a court. Bacon. s. The body of privy counsellors. Without the knowledge Either of king or council, you made bold To carry into Flanders the great seal. Shakop. Cou Nc I L-BoA R D. m. s. [council and board.] Council-table ; table where matters of state are deliberated. He hath commanded To-morrow morning to the council-lord He be convened. Shakspeare's Henry virt. When ship money was transacted at the counpil-board, they looked upon it as a work of that power they were obliged to trust, Clarendon. And Pallas, if she broke the laws, Must yield her foe the stronger cause; A shame to one so much ador'd For wisdom at Jove's counci'-board. Swift. CO'UNSEL. n.s.. [consilium, Latin.] y. Advice; direction. There is as much difference between the cornre? that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. Bacon. The best counsel he could give him was, to go to his parliament. Clarendon, * Bereave me not, Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid, Thy counsel, in this uttermost distress, Milton, 2, Consultation ; interchange of opinions. I hold as little counsel with weak fear As you, or any Scot that lives. Shakspeare, 3. Deliberation ; examination of consequences; “j'hey all confess, therefore, in the working of that first cause, that counsel is used, reason followed, and a way observed. Hocker, 4. Prudence ; art; machination. Q how comely is the wizdom of old men,

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'as the king, out of a due consideration of their worth and abilities, and withal of their fidelity to his person and to his crown, calleth to be of

council with him in his ordinary government. Bazon's Advice to Milliers. 4. One that is consulted in a case of law ;

a lawyer.

A counsellor bred up in the knowledge of the municipal and statute laws, may homeoinform

a just prince how far his prerogative extends. Dryden's juvenal, Dedication. Co'UN's E L Lo Rs Hi P. m.s. from counsellor.] The office or post of a privy counsellor. Of the great offices and officers of the kingdom, the most part are such as cannot well be severed from the counsellorship. Bacon.

To COUNT. v.a. Lcompler, Fr. compu

tare, Latin.] I. To number , to tell. Here thro' this grate I can count every one, And view the Frenchmen. Shakspeare. The vicious count their years; virtuous, their acts. ohnson. For the preferments of the world, he that would reckon up all the accidents that they depend upon, may as well undertake to count the sands, or to sum up infinity. South. When men in sickness ling ring lie, They count the tedious hours by months and years. Dryden. Argos, now rejoice; for Thebes lies low : Thy slaughter'd sons now smile, and think they woWhen they can count more Theban ghosts than theirs. Dryden. 2. To preserve a reckoning. Some people in America counted their years by the conting of certain birds amongst them at their certain seasons, and leaving then, at others. - Lock. 3. To reckon ; to place to an account. He believed in the Lord, and he counted it to him for righteousness. Genesis. Not barsly the plowman's pains is to be •ounted into the bread we cat; the labour of those who broke the oxen must all be charged on the account of labour. Locke. 4. To esteem; to account; to reckon; to consider as having a certain character, whether good or evil. When once it comprehendeth anything above this, as the differences of time, affirmations, negations, and contradictivns in speech, we then *ount it to have some use of natural reason. Hooker. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of elial. 1 Sun. Nor shall I count it heinous to enjoy . he publick marks of honour and reward oferr'd upon me. Milton's Agonister. You would not wish to count this man a foe! In oriendship, and in hatred, obstinate. - - Philips' Briton. 5. To impute to ; to charge to. co the impossibilities, which poets •otint to extravagance of loose description, Shall Sooner be. Rotte's Ambitious Stepwother. * Soo's r. v. n. To found an account 9. Seheme: with upon.

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4. Confidence of mien ; aspect of assurance: it is commonly used in these phrases, in countenance, and out of counterta otte. The night beginning to persuade some retiring lace, the gentlewoman, even out of countenance refore she began her speech, invited me to lodge that night with her father, Sidney. We will not make your countenance to fall by the answer ye shall receive. Baruw. Their best triends were out of countenance, because they found that the imputations which their enemies had laid upon them were well grounded. Clarendon. Your examples will meet it at every turn, and put it out of countenance in every place; even in private corners it will soon lose confidence. Spratt's Sermons. If the outward profession of religion and virtue were once in practice and countenance at court, a good treatment of the clergy would be the necessary consequence. Swift. If those preachers would look about, they would find one part of their congregation out of countenance, and the other asleep. Swift. It is a kind of ill manners to offer objections to a fine woman, and a man would be cut countenance that should gain the superiority in suc a contest: a coquette logician may be rallied, but not contradicted. Addison's Freebolder. It puts the learned in countenan, o, and gives them a Plaw auwns too fashionable part of mankind, addition's Artebolder.

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