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an alloy of copper and zinc
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
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"
boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheeknoun
"I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
an ornament or utensil made of brass
brass section, brassnoun
the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
brass, memorial tablet, plaquenoun
a memorial made of brass
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: bras, Sax. pres, Welch.
Brass is made of copper and calaminaris. Francis Bacon.
Men’s evil manners live in brass, their virtues
We write in water. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.
Let others mold the running mass
Of metals, and inform the breathing brass. Dryden.
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.
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
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
coin made of copper, brass, or bronze
impudence; a brazen face
utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass
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
lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of 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
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
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brass is ranked #11926 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Brass surname appeared 2,625 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brass.
73.6% or 1,932 total occurrences were White.
20% or 527 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 74 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.3% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.8% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.
0.3% or 8 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'brass' in Nouns Frequency: #2208
The numerical value of brass in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of brass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of brass in a Sentence
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.
Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.
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.
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.
My anthem includes words slightly adapted from Psalm 98. I have scored it for the Westminster Abbey choir and organ, the ceremonial brass and orchestra, i hope my anthem reflects this joyful occasion.
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- месингов, духови инструменти, нахалство, безсрамие, пиринч, пиринчен, меден, месинг, духов, гилза, париBulgarian
- llautó, metall, pastaCatalan, Valencian
- žestě, mosaz, mosazný, žesťovýCzech
- messingen, Blechblasinstrumente, messingfarben, Messing, Blech, Messingfarbe, messinggelbGerman
- latuna, latunoEsperanto
- برنج, برنجیPersian
- messinki, päällystö, vaskipuhaltimet, hylsyFinnish
- laiton, galonnés, cuivres, douilleFrench
- pràis, pràiseachScottish Gaelic
- արույր, փողArmenian
- ottoni, gallonato, faccia di bronzo, bossolo, bronzo, ottone, faccia tostaItalian
- 真鍮, 黄銅Japanese
- kuningan, tembaga kuning, loyangMalay
- messing, geelkoper, koperblazers, bronzen, geelkoperen, brons, lefDutch
- messingNorwegian Nynorsk
- messinginstrument, messing, stålNorwegian
- dilní daabééshígíí, béésh łitsoiiNavajo, Navaho
- mosiądz, instrument dęty blaszany, łuska, mosiężnyPolish
- bronze, latão, metais, dinheiro, prostitutaPortuguese
- alamă, alămuriRomanian
- латунь, медные духовые инструменты, духовой, латунный, гильзаRussian
- месинг, med, мједен, mesing, месинган, mjeden, мед, мјед, mjed, меден, mesingan, medenSerbo-Croatian
- kosing, mässingSwedish
- đồng thauVietnamese
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