What does brass mean?

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bræs, brɑsbrass

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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

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. 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

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. Ethan Miller/Getty Images:

    I used metal picks -- they’re brass and copper -- which I always held in my mouth, in the exact place where I got the tongue cancer, plus, I basically live in a recording studio that’s filled with electromagnetic energy. So that’s one theory. I mean, I was smoking and doing a lot of drugs and a lot of everything. But at the same time, my lungs are totally clear. This is just my own theory, but the doctors say it’s possible.

  2. Desmond Agu:

    A gang of armed youths ... vandalised pipeline along Azuzuama axis of the Tebidaba-Brass pipeline with dynamite and ignited fire on the line.

  3. Omare Lamrani:

    It’s a very old plane, but definitely one of the most capable, air Force has been moving toward multi-mission aircraft, but when Air Force comes to this particular mission this plane is unrivaled in Air Force ability. There is no weapon in our arsenal that offers more effective close-air support to American ground troops serving in harms way than the A-10 aircraft, - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. First designated for retirement in 2011, a planning document the Air Force published in mid-February reveals that 2022 is the flying branch's newest deadline for the last A-10 flight. The extension was announced by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter during a preview of the Pentagon’s budget at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. according to the Arizona Daily Star. The venerable plane, first built for destroying Soviet tanks, has been on the chopping block since the sequester of 2011 mandated steep cuts in the Pentagon budget. Although the planes haven't been built in more than 30 years, the Department of Defense believes it can save maintenance costs by phasing them out. Air Force brass believes newer, faster aircraft like the F-16, F-15E, and, eventually, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 can do a better job of the Warthog’s mission of providing close air support to soldiers on the ground. But the Pentagon disagrees and has pushed back, leading to Air Force brass to extend the end date for a phase out. The plane has survived year-to-year, with powerful lawmakers such as Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., fighting to keep it alive.

  4. Julian Zelizer:

    It's hard to imagine the commitment to this fantasy simply falling away of its own accord — certainly not when President Trump is fueling it every day, it's possible that the Fox News brass eventually will get people like Sean Hannity to acknowledge reality after January 20th. But I wouldn't bet on it. And those who work for fringier outlets will never drop this, at least not until something even more compelling comes along. So, unfortunately, you have millions of Americans thoroughly convinced — forever — that Biden is an illegitimate president. Maybe they don't take to the streets over it but that's still a very destructive force in our society and politics. It's really distressing to contemplate but at the moment, I don't know of any way out.

  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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