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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BRASSnoun

    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.

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.

ChatGPT

  1. brass

    Brass is a type of metal alloy primarily made up of copper and zinc. The proportions of the two metals can be varied to create a range of brasses with differing properties. Brass is used for decoration due to its bright gold-like appearance and is also extensively used in applications where low friction is required such as locks, gears, bearings, and valves. It is also commonly used in musical instruments due to its high workability and durability.

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

Wikidata

  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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRASS

    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

  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. Panchatantra:

    The lustre of a virtuous character cannot be defaced, nor can the vices of a vicious man ever become lucid. A jewel preserves its lustre, though trodden in the mud, but a brass pot, though placed upon the head, is brass still.

  2. Anthony Neutout:

    He's not a brass polished politician, not a walking mannequin... A lot of candidates, it's like they have multiple personality disorder, rand is very consistent.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Sandeep Khandelwal:

    Simplicity is the end, and not the beginning, of design, we developed clean and uncluttered interiors, weaving in ancient metal jaalis screens, antique brass embossing, block printed fabrics and hand-picked artifacts.

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