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ˈkɒp ərcop·per

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. copper, Cu, atomic number 29noun

    a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor

  2. coppernoun

    a copper penny

  3. bull, cop, copper, fuzz, pignoun

    uncomplimentary terms for a policeman

  4. copper, copper colornoun

    a reddish-brown color resembling the color of polished copper

  5. copperverb

    any of various small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae having coppery wings

  6. copperverb

    coat with a layer of copper

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COPPERnoun

    One of the six primitive metals.

    Etymology: koper, Dut. cuprum, Latin.

    Copper is the most ductile and malleable metal, after gold and silver. Of a mixture of copper and lapis calaminaris is formed brass; a composition of copper and tin makes bell-metal; and copper and brass, melted in equal quantities, produces what the French call bronze, used for figures and statues. Ephraim Chambers.

    Copper is heavier than iron or tin; but lighter than silver, lead, and gold. It is not unfrequently found native in a malleable state, but in small quantities. In the state of ore it makes, according to its various admixtures, many very different appearances. The richer copper ores are found in many parts of Germany and Sweden; and we have some in England little inferior to the finest Swedish. John Hill, on Fossils.

    Two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold. Ezra, viii. 27.

  2. Coppernoun

    A vessel made of copper; commonly used for a boiler larger than a moveable pot.

    They boiled it in a copper to the half; then they poured it into earthen vessels. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 848.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coppernoun

    a common metal of a reddish color, both ductile and malleable, and very tenacious. It is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity. Symbol Cu. Atomic weight 63.3. It is one of the most useful metals in itself, and also in its alloys, brass and bronze

  2. Coppernoun

    a coin made of copper; a penny, cent, or other minor coin of copper

  3. Coppernoun

    a vessel, especially a large boiler, made of copper

  4. Coppernoun

    the boilers in the galley for cooking; as, a ship's coppers

  5. Copperverb

    to cover or coat with copper; to sheathe with sheets of copper; as, to copper a ship

  6. Etymology: [OE. coper (cf. D. koper, Sw. koppar, Dan. kobber, G. kupfer), LL. cuper, fr. L. cuprum for earlier Cyprium, Cyprium aes, i.e., Cyprian brass, fr. Gr. of Cyprus (Gr. ), anciently renowned for its copper mines. Cf. Cypreous.]


  1. Copper

    Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu and atomic number 29. It is a ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Pure copper is soft and malleable; a freshly exposed surface has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, a building material, and a constituent of various metal alloys. The metal and its alloys have been used for thousands of years. In the Roman era, copper was principally mined on Cyprus, hence the origin of the name of the metal as сyprium, later shortened to сuprum. Its compounds are commonly encountered as copper salts, which often impart blue or green colors to minerals such as azurite and turquoise and have been widely used historically as pigments. Architectural structures built with copper corrode to give green verdigris. Decorative art prominently features copper, both by itself and as part of pigments. Copper is essential to all living organisms as a trace dietary mineral because it is a key constituent of the respiratory enzyme complex cytochrome c oxidase. In molluscs and crustacea copper is a constituent of the blood pigment hemocyanin, which is replaced by the iron-complexed hemoglobin in fish and other vertebrates. The main areas where copper is found in humans are liver, muscle and bone. Copper compounds are used as bacteriostatic substances, fungicides, and wood preservatives.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Copper

    kop′ėr, n. a moderately hard metal of a fine red colour, perhaps the first metal employed by man: money made of copper—e.g. 'a copper' = a penny or halfpenny: a vessel made of copper.—adj. made of copper: copper-coloured.—v.t. to cover with copper.—adj. Copp′er-bott′omed, having the bottom covered with copper, as a ship—n. Copp′er-cap′tain, one who styles himself captain without grounds.—adjs. Copp′er-faced, faced with copper, as type; Copp′er-fas′tened, fastened with copper bolts.—ns. Copp′er-head, a United States snake: (U.S.) a northern sympathiser with the South in the Civil War; Copp′ering, the act of sheathing with copper: a covering of copper.—adjs. Copp′erish, Copp′ery, Cū′preous, containing or like copper.—ns. Copp′er-nick′el, arsenical nickel, niccolite; Copp′er-nose, a red nose caused by intemperance; Copp′erplate, a plate of polished copper on which something has been engraved: an impression taken from the plate; Copp′er-pyrī′tes, a double sulphide of copper and iron of yellow hue; Copp′er-smith, a smith who works in copper; Copp′er-work, a place where copper is wrought or manufactured; Copp′erworm, the ship-worm.—Hot coppers, parched tongue and throat after a bout of drinking. [Low L. cuper—L. cuprum, a contr. of cyprium aes, 'Cyprian brass,' because found in Cyprus.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. copper

    Conventional electron-carrying network cable with a core conductor of copper — or aluminum! Opposed to light pipe or, say, a short-range microwave link.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Copper

    A heavy metal trace element with the atomic symbol Cu, atomic number 29, and atomic weight 63.55.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Copper

    A policeman, from the thieves’ slang cop, to take, catch.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of copper in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of copper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of copper in a Sentence

  1. Nitesh Shah:

    Copper is moving pretty much in lock step with the S&P 500 stock index.

  2. Daniel Malchuk:

    At some point in time the copper market will need additional production and probably that is going to happen later in this decade or early in the next decade.

  3. Jon Lorsch:

    The original click chemistry used copper as a catalyst to join molecules, but the trouble is that copper is toxic to most living systems at higher concentrations.

  4. Xiao Fu:

    The key might be in the second half, when we see whether the Chinese property cycle recovers modestly or if it continues to slump. That will be a key determinant in terms of how big the copper surplus will be, overall, I think that China restocking trends can be quite powerful and many market participants may be under-pricing that scenario.

  5. Ruiliang Liu:

    It indicates an additional step -- the production of pre-prepared alloys -- in the manufacturing process of copper-alloy objects in early China, this represents an additional but previously unknown layer in the web of metal production and supply in China.

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
    • A. apex
    • B. accessory
    • C. ransom
    • D. assortment

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