What does brass mean?

Definitions for brass
bræs, brɑsbrass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brassnoun

    an alloy of copper and zinc

  2. brass, brass instrumentnoun

    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, organisationnoun

    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, cheeknoun

    impudent aggressiveness

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

  5. brassnoun

    an ornament or utensil made of brass

  6. brass section, brassnoun

    the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments

  7. brass, memorial tablet, plaquenoun

    a memorial made of brass

Wikipedia

  1. Brass

    Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, in proportions which can be varied to achieve varying mechanical and electrical properties. It is a substitutional alloy: atoms of the two constituents may replace each other within the same crystal structure. It is similar to bronze, another alloy containing copper, with tin included instead of zinc; both bronze and brass may include small proportions of a range of other elements including arsenic, lead, phosphorus, aluminum, manganese, and silicon. The distinction between the two alloys is largely historical, and modern practice in museums and archaeology increasingly avoids both terms for historical objects in favour of the more general "copper alloy".Brass 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 brass musical instruments such as horns and bells where a combination of high workability (historically with hand tools) and durability is desired. It is also used in zippers. Brass is often used in situations in which it is important that sparks not be struck, such as in fittings and tools used near flammable or explosive materials.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brassnoun

    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. Brassnoun

    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. Brassnoun

    coin made of copper, brass, or bronze

  4. Brassnoun

    impudence; a brazen face

  5. Brassnoun

    utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass

  6. Brassnoun

    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. Brassnoun

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brass

    bräs, n. an alloy of copper and zinc: (fig.) impudence: money in cash: a monumental plate of brass inlaid on slabs of stone in the pavements of ancient churches.—n.pl. Brass′arts, the brass pieces which, in plate armour, protected the upper part of the arms, and united the shoulder and elbow pieces.—ns. Brass′-band, a band or company of musicians who perform on brass instruments; Brass′et, a casque or armour covering for the head: a helmet; Brass′found′er, a maker of articles in brass.—adjs. Brass′-paved (Spens.), durable, as if paved with brass; Brass′-vis′aged, brazen-faced, impudent.—n. Brass′y, a wooden golf-club with a brass sole.—adj. of or like brass: impudent: unfeeling: pitiless: harsh in tone. [A.S. braes; prob. related to Sw. brasa, fire.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. brass

    Impudent assurance.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brass

    See Bronze.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brass in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of brass in a Sentence

  1. Christian Strenger:

    The top brass at VW group and Audi are so preoccupied with the diesel issue that the company's management is lastingly distracted.

  2. Mark Twain:

    In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

  3. Daniel Webster:

    If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.

  4. Don Blankenship:

    I have an issue when the father-in-law is a wealthy Chinaperson. There's a lot of connections to some of the brass, if you will, in China.

  5. Hugh Young:

    No one should be under any illusion that it’s as simple as moving a brass plate from one city to another. It is far more complex than that and involves local, regional and global regulatory frameworks, costs and the future strategic shape of HSBC.

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