Definitions for Brassbræs, brɑs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

brassbræs, brɑs(n.)

  1. any of various metal alloys consisting mainly of copper and zinc.

    Category: Metallurgy

  2. an ornament, utensil, piece of hardware, or other article made of brass. such articles collectively.

    Category: Furniture, Common Vocabulary

  3. Often, brasses. the brass instruments of a band or orchestra.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: brass instrument.

  4. high-ranking military officers. any high officials.

    Category: Informal

  5. excessive self-assurance; impudence.

    Category: Informal

  6. a semicylindrical shell, usu. of bronze, used to line a bearing.

    Category: Machinery

  7. a brass memorial tablet.

    Category: British

  8. (adj.)of, made of, or pertaining to brass.

  9. having the color brass.

Origin of brass:

bef. 1000; ME bras, OE bræs; c. OFris bres copper, MLG bras metal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. brass(noun)

    an alloy of copper and zinc

  2. brass, brass instrument(noun)

    a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece

  3. administration, governance, governing body, establishment, brass, organization, organisation(noun)

    the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

    "he claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the governance of an association is responsible to its members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"

  4. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(noun)

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  5. brass(noun)

    an ornament or utensil made of brass

  6. brass section, brass(noun)

    the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments

  7. brass, memorial tablet, plaque(noun)

    a memorial made of brass

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. brass(noun)æs, brɑs

    a yellow metal

    brass door knobs

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brass(noun)

    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

  2. Brass(noun)

    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

  3. Brass(noun)

    coin made of copper, brass, or bronze

  4. Brass(noun)

    impudence; a brazen face

  5. Brass(noun)

    utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass

  6. Brass(noun)

    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

  7. Brass(noun)

    lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass


  1. brass

    Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties. By comparison, bronze is principally an alloy of copper and tin. Bronze does not necessarily contain tin, and a variety of alloys of copper, including alloys with arsenic, phosphorus, aluminium, manganese, and silicon, are commonly termed "bronze". The term is applied to a variety of brasses and the distinction is largely historical, both terms having a common antecedent in the term latten. Brass is a substitutional alloy. It is used for decoration for its bright gold-like appearance; for applications where low friction is required such as locks, gears, bearings, doorknobs, ammunition casings and valves; for plumbing and electrical applications; and extensively in musical instruments such as horns and bells for its acoustic properties. It is also used in zippers. Brass is often used in situations where it is important that sparks not be struck, as in fittings and tools around explosive gases.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Brass' in Nouns Frequency: #2208

Translations for Brass

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an alloy of copper and zinc

This plate is made of brass; (also adjective) a brass door-knocker.

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