Taxonomy of meanings for 蓋:

  • 蓋 gài (OC: kaabs MC: kɑi) 古太切 去 廣韻:【覆也掩也通俗文曰張帛也禮記曰敝蓋不棄爲埋狗也又發語端也説文曰苫也俗作盖古太切三 】
    • LID
      • nlid or cover
      • generalised>COVER
        • vtoNput the lid on, cover, put a lock on (in order to prevent outside things to get in)
        • cause to cover all sorts of places>SCATTER
          • vtoNspread throughout (the world, the state etc)
      • over vehicles>BALDACHIN
        • nbaldachin of a carriage; chariot canopy; umbrella
        • vtoNattitudinaluse as a baldachin/sunshade
      • from sight>CONCEAL
        • vtoNfigurativecover over something in order to hide it
        • concealed from other's view>PERSONALLY
          • padSmarker of a politely and humbly personal statement
          • thus real>REALITY
            • padN{PRED}in fact; as it happened; as it turned out
            • padVgeneralising: in fact; it turns out 蓋有以也 "there was reason for it, as it turns out"
            • padN{PRED}in fact, as it turns out, (as they say)
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        • concealed and not (yet) certain>PROBABLE
          • padSmodalas a matter of fact, as far as I can see; probably, apparently; presumably; in my subjective view
  • 蓋 hé (OC: ɡaab MC: ɦɑp) 胡臘切 入 廣韻:【苫蓋 】
    • WHY
      • padSrhetorical questionwhy not?
    • MODAL PARTICLES
      • padSsemantically weak marker of a new beginning within a given non-narrative abstract discourse, often a tentative summarising remark
      • padStentativeApparently 蓋聞 marks a tentative report on what one has heard but does not necessarily believe
  • 蓋 gě (OC: kaab MC: kɑp) 古盍切 入 廣韻:【姓也漢有蓋寛饒字書作𨜴 】