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Definitions of brass

  1. Musical instruments in a band. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a memorial made of brass Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an ornament or utensil made of brass Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. An alloy (usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable proportion, but often containing two parts of copper to one part of zinc. It sometimes contains tin, and rarely other metals. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A journal bearing, so called because frequently made of brass. A brass is often lined with a softer metal, when the latter is generally called a white metal lining. See Axle box, Journal Box, and Bearing. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Impudence; a brazen face. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A brass plate engraved with a figure or device. Specifically, one used as a memorial to the dead, and generally having the portrait, coat of arms, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. An alloy made by mixing copper with zinc, or, sometimes, tin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. An alloy of copper and zinc: (fig.) impudence:-pl. monumental plates of brass inlaid on slabs of stone in the pavements of ancient churches: also the brass musical instruments in a band or orchestra. In its colloquial and slang senses the use of the word is by no means modern; namely: 1, money, “We should scorn each bribing varlets brass.” - Ba. Hall. 2., impudence: shamelessness. “She in her defense made him appear such a rouge that the chief justice wondered he had the trass to appear in a court of justice.”-Roger North. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. An alloy of copper and zinc, or anything made of it; a plate of it engraved with effigies, &c., inlaid on a tombstone; money; brazenness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A compound of copper and zinc of a yellow colour; impudence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for brass

  1. Reaching out his hand he pulled down a little brass hook- the room was immediately lit with the soft glare of the electric light. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. And he owned up as bold as brass the servants heard him. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
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