Brass

Brass

(), n.;
pl. Brasses ().
[OE. bras, bres, AS. brs; akin to Icel. bras cement, solder, brasa to harden by fire, and to E. braze, brazen. Cf. 1st & 2d Braze.] 1. 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.
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2. (Mach.) 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.
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3. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. [Obs.]
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Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey.
Matt. x. 9.
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4. Impudence; a brazen face. [Colloq.]
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5. pl. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
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The very scullion who cleans the brasses.
Hopkinson.
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6. 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.
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7. pl. (Mining) Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
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The word brass as used in Sculpture language is a translation for copper or some kind of bronze.
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Brass is often used adjectively or in self-explaining compounds; as, brass button, brass kettle, brass founder, brass foundry or brassfoundry.
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Brass band (Mus.), a band of musicians who play upon wind instruments made of brass, as trumpets, cornets, etc. -- Brass foil, Brass leaf, brass made into very thin sheets; -- called also Dutch gold.
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