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ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ərcof·fer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coffer, caisson, lacuna(noun)

    an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome

  2. coffer(noun)

    a chest especially for storing valuables


  1. coffer(Noun)

    A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.

  2. coffer(Noun)

    An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome.

  3. coffer(Noun)

    A cofferdam.

  4. coffer(Noun)

    A supply or store of money, often belonging to an organization.

  5. coffer(Verb)

    To put money or valuables in a coffer

  6. coffer(Verb)

    To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.

  7. Origin: From cofre, from cophinus, from κόφινος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coffer(noun)

    a casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables

  2. Coffer(noun)

    fig.: Treasure or funds; -- usually in the plural

  3. Coffer(noun)

    a panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson

  4. Coffer(noun)

    a trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it by a raking fire

  5. Coffer(noun)

    the chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a cofferdam

  6. Coffer(verb)

    to put into a coffer

  7. Coffer(verb)

    to secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering

  8. Coffer(verb)

    to form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a coffer or coffers

  9. Origin: [OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus basket, fr. Gr. . Cf. Coffin, n.]


  1. Coffer

    A coffer in architecture, is a sunken panel in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault. A series of these sunken panels were used as decoration for a ceiling or a vault, also called caissons, or lacunaria, so that a coffered ceiling can be called a lacunar ceiling: the strength of the structure is in the framework of the coffers. The stone coffers of the ancient Greeks and Romans are the earliest surviving examples, but a seventh-century BC Etruscan chamber tomb in the necropolis of San Giuliano, which is cut in soft tufa-like stone reproduces a ceiling with beams and cross-beams lying on them, with flat panels fillings the lacunae. For centuries, it was thought that wooden coffers were first made by crossing the wooden beams of a ceiling in the Loire Valley châteaux of the early Renaissance. In 2012, however, archaeologists working under Andrew Wallace-Hadrill at the House of the Telephus in Herculaneum discovered that wooden coffered ceilings were constructed in Roman times. Experimentation with the possible shapes of the pole is coffering, which solve problems of mathematical tiling, or tessellation, were a feature of Islamic as well as Renaissance architecture. The more complicated problems of diminishing the scale of the individual coffers were presented by the requirements of curved surfaces of vaults and domes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coffer

    kof′ėr, n. a chest for holding money or treasure: (pl.) the whole wealth of a person: a deep panel in a ceiling.—v.t. to hoard up.—n. Coff′erdam, a water-tight structure used in engineering for excluding the water from the foundations of bridges, quay walls, &c., so as to allow of their being built dry.—adj. Coff′ered. [O. Fr. cofre, a chest—L. cophinus, a basket—Gr. kophinos.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coffer

    A depth sunk in the bottom of a dry ditch, to baffle besiegers when they attempt to cross it.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. coffer

    In fortification, a hollow lodgment, sunk in the bottom of a dry ditch, from 6 to 7 feet deep, and from 16 to 18 feet broad. Its length corresponds with the whole breadth of the said ditch, from side to side. The besieged generally make use of these coffers to repulse the besiegers when they attempt to pass the ditch; they are distinguished only by their length from caponnières. They are covered with joists, hurdles, and earth, raised 2 feet above the bottom of the ditch, so as to serve the purposes of a loop-holed parapet.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coffer in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coffer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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