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ˈkoʊ pɪŋcop·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. header, coping, copenoun

    brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall


  1. copingnoun

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

  2. copingnoun

    (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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Copingnoun

    The upper tire of masonry which covers the wall.

    Etymology: from cope.

    All these were of costly stones, even from the foundation unto the coping. 1 Kings, vii. 9.

    The coping, the modillions, or dentils, make a noble shew by their graceful projections. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 415.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coping

    of Cope

  2. Copingnoun

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

  3. Etymology: [See Cope, n.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coping

    In ship-building, turning the ends of iron lodging-knees, so that they may hook into the beams.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coping in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Coping in a Sentence

  1. Edmond Moukala:

    The Malian government is coping with a lot of challenges, what is needed right now is to ensure that institutions are in place and receive financial support.

  2. Mark Linden:

    The full-term parents were better at using this form of coping than preterm parents, this may have been one of the things which lead to parents of full-term children experiencing less stress.

  3. Mea Peterson:

    I got very angry, I got frustrated, I got upset. I did n’t understand what’s wrong with me, so trying to work through some of that and having a pretty good support network that got me through that and then realizing that there’s nothing wrong with having therapy, it means you may need a little of assistance and then learning the coping mechanism to help you get through once you get overwhelmed or anxiety or have those moments that need a little bit more attention.

  4. Nigel Owens:

    But it's still there. It niggles at them. And in a couple of years' time, they come back and say, 'I'm not coping with this,' even before being afraid of coming out, they are afraid of being who they are. They don't want to be who they are. Like I was.

  5. Vaile Wright:

    You can implement things as a family that will elevate and improve everybody's coping skills.

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    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
    • A. transition
    • B. downsizing
    • C. trigger
    • D. decline

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