Definitions for copingˈkoʊ pɪŋ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cop•ingˈkoʊ pɪŋ(n.)

  1. a finishing or protective course or cap to an exterior masonry wall or the like.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. a piece of woodwork having its end shaped to fit together with a molding.

    Category: Building Trades

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. header, coping, cope(noun)

    brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall


  1. coping(Noun)

    The top layer of a brick wall, especially one that slopes in order to throw off water

  2. coping(Noun)

    (Psychology) the process of managing taxing circumstances, expending effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize, reduce or tolerate stress or conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coping

    of Cope

  2. Coping(noun)

    the highest or covering course of masonry in a wall, often with sloping edges to carry off water; -- sometimes called capping


  1. Coping

    In psychology, coping is expending conscious effort to solve difficult personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress or conflict. Psychological coping mechanisms are commonly termed coping strategies or coping skills. Unconscious or non conscious strategies are generally excluded. The term coping generally refers to adaptive or constructive coping strategies, i.e., the strategies reduce stress levels. However, some coping strategies can be considered maladaptive, i.e., stress levels increase. Maladaptive coping can thus be described, in effect, as non-coping. Furthermore, the term coping generally refers to reactive coping, i.e., the coping response follows the stressor. This contrasts with proactive coping, in which a coping response aims to head off a future stressor. Coping responses are partly controlled by personality, but also partly by the social context, particularly the nature of the stressful environment.

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