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ˈkoʊ pɪŋcop·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. header, coping, copenoun

    brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall


  1. copingnoun

    The top layer of a brick wall, especially one that slopes in order to throw off water

  2. copingnoun

    (Psychology) the process of managing taxing circumstances, expending effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize, reduce or tolerate stress or conflict.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Copingnoun

    The upper tire of masonry which covers the wall.

    Etymology: from cope.

    All these were of costly stones, even from the foundation unto the coping. 1 Kings, vii. 9.

    The coping, the modillions, or dentils, make a noble shew by their graceful projections. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 415.


  1. coping

    Coping refers to the conscious effort and strategies used by individuals to manage and deal with stress, hardship, threats, or significant sources of anxiety. It encompasses different methods and approaches, including problem-solving, seeking social support, or adjusting one's expectations and mindset. These strategies can be productive or unproductive depending on how effectively they alleviate stress and improve mental, emotional, and physical well-being.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coping

    of Cope

  2. Copingnoun

    the highest or covering course of masonry in a wall, often with sloping edges to carry off water; -- sometimes called capping

  3. Etymology: [See Cope, n.]


  1. Coping

    In psychology, coping is expending conscious effort to solve difficult personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize or tolerate stress or conflict. Psychological coping mechanisms are commonly termed coping strategies or coping skills. Unconscious or non conscious strategies are generally excluded. The term coping generally refers to adaptive or constructive coping strategies, i.e., the strategies reduce stress levels. However, some coping strategies can be considered maladaptive, i.e., stress levels increase. Maladaptive coping can thus be described, in effect, as non-coping. Furthermore, the term coping generally refers to reactive coping, i.e., the coping response follows the stressor. This contrasts with proactive coping, in which a coping response aims to head off a future stressor. Coping responses are partly controlled by personality, but also partly by the social context, particularly the nature of the stressful environment.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coping

    In ship-building, turning the ends of iron lodging-knees, so that they may hook into the beams.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coping in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of coping in a Sentence

  1. Nia Heard-Garris:

    Online activism is a coping response for some adolescents, especially right now while we're physically distant, reposting, retweeting, expressing how they're feeling, chatting with friends has been helpful, sort of an active kind of coping response.

  2. Tom Roberts:

    They were super polite in coping with it.

  3. Sara Ryding:

    It means animals are evolving, but it does not necessarily mean that they are coping with climate change. We can see that some species have increased in appendage size so far, but we don't know if they will be able to keep up as the climate crisis worsens, we also don't know whether these shape-shifts actually aid in survival( and therefore are beneficial) or not. This phenomenon of shape-shifting shouldn't be seen as a positive, but rather it is alarming that climate change is pushing animals to evolve like this, under such a relatively short timeframe.

  4. Randall Mann:

    She made a comment that she was just thankful that the shooter did not pick one of the theaters that had some children's movies in it because she would have hated for the children to have witnessed that, i took that as a great first step of her eventually coping with this.

  5. Randy Capps:

    In normal times, it's a coping strategy, a way to be able to survive and do quite well with limited incomes, but in this environment, it can be problematic.

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    A canopy
    B whitewash
    C jab
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