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Meaning of BRASS

Pronunciation:  bras

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
  2. [n]  a memorial made of brass
  3. [n]  an ornament or utensil made of brass
  4. [n]  impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  5. [n]  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"
  6. [n]  an alloy of copper and zinc

BRASS is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: administration, boldness, cheek, establishment, face, governance, governing body, memorial tablet, nerve, organisation, organization, plaque
 See Also: advisory board, aggressiveness, alpha brass, alpha-beta brass, atomic number 29, audaciousness, audacity, authorities, baritone, baritone horn, bass horn, bearing brass, bench, body, bugle, cartridge brass, chutzpah, clarion, copper, copper-base alloy, cornet, county council, Cu, decoration, executive, fluegelhorn, flugelhorn, French horn, gilding metal, government, government officials, guinea gold, hierarchy, high brass, horn, hutzpa, judiciary, latten, low brass, management, memorial, monument, Muntz metal, officialdom, ormolu, ornament, ornamentation, pecking order, planning board, power structure, red brass, regime, saxhorn, sousaphone, top brass, trombone, trumpet, tuba, valve, wind, wind instrument, yellow metal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Brass\, n.; pl. {Brasses}. [OE. bras, bres, AS. br[ae]s;
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.

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}.

3. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. [Obs.]

         Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your
         purses, nor scrip for your journey.   --Matt. x. 9.

4. Impudence; a brazen face. [Colloq.]

5. pl. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.

         The very scullion who cleans the brasses.

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.

7. pl. (Mining) Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the
   color of which is near to that of brass.

Note: The word brass as used in Sculpture language is a
      translation for copper or some kind of bronze.

Note: Brass is often used adjectively or in self-explaining
      compounds; as, brass button, brass kettle, brass
      founder, brass foundry or brassfoundry.

{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}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of brass indicates deception, falsehood and deceitfulness. It may also refer to your boldness.
Easton Bible Dictionary

which is an alloy of copper and zinc, was not known till the thirteenth century. What is designated by this word in Scripture is properly copper (Deut. 8:9). It was used for fetters (Judg. 16:21; 2 Kings 25:7), for pieces of armour (1 Sam. 17:5, 6), for musical instruments (1 Chr. 15:19; 1 Cor. 13:1), and for money (Matt. 10:9).

It is a symbol of insensibility and obstinacy in sin (Isa. 48:4; Jer. 6:28; Ezek. 22:18), and of strength (Ps. 107:16; Micah 4:13).

The Macedonian empire is described as a kingdom of brass (Dan. 2:39). The "mountains of brass" Zechariah (6:1) speaks of have been supposed to represent the immutable decrees of God.

The serpent of brass was made by Moses at the command of God (Num. 21:4-9), and elevated on a pole, so that it might be seen by all the people when wounded by the bite of the serpents that were sent to them as a punishment for their murmurings against God and against Moses. It was afterwards carried by the Jews into Canaan, and preserved by them till the time of Hezekiah, who caused it to be at length destroyed because it began to be viewed by the people with superstitious reverence (2 Kings 18:4). (See NEHUSHTAN.)

The brazen serpent is alluded to by our Lord in John 3:14, 15. (See SERPENT.)

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