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cof·fer

 (kô′fər, kŏf′ər)
n.
1. A strongbox.
2. often coffers
a. Financial resources; funds.
b. A treasury: stole money from the union coffers.
3. Architecture A decorative sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, soffit, or vault.
4. The chamber formed by a canal lock.
5. A cofferdam.
6. A floating dock.
tr.v. cof·fered, cof·fer·ing, cof·fers
1. To put in a coffer.
2. Architecture To supply (a ceiling, for example) with decorative sunken panels.

[Middle English cofre, from Old French, alteration of *cofne, from Latin cophinus, basket; see coffin.]

coffer

(ˈkɒfə)
n
1. a chest, esp for storing valuables
2. (usually plural) a store of money
3. (Architecture) Also called: caisson or lacuna an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
4. (Mechanical Engineering) a watertight box or chamber
5. (Civil Engineering)
a. short for cofferdam
b. a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit
vb (tr)
6. to store, as in a coffer
7. (Architecture) to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers
[C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos]

cof•fer

(ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ər)

n.
1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables.
2. coffers, a treasury, as of an organization; funds.
4. one of a number of sunken panels, usu. square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
v.t.
5. to deposit in or as if in a coffer.
6. to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
[1250–1300; Middle English cofre < Old French « Latin cophinus basket; see coffin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coffer - an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or domecoffer - an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
panel - sheet that forms a distinct (usually flat and rectangular) section or component of something
2.coffer - a chest especially for storing valuables
chest - box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy

coffer

noun
1. chest, case, repository, casket, treasure chest, strongbox, kist (Scot. & Northern English dialect), treasury, ark (dialect) Crossing to her clothes coffer, she jerked the lid up.
plural noun
1. funds, finances, reserves, assets, treasury, vaults, means, capital The problem is the lack of hard currency in the state's coffers.
Translations
kasettikassakassa-arkkukassalipas

coffer

[ˈkɒfəʳ] N
1. (= chest) → cofre m, arca f coffers (fig) → tesoro msing, fondos mpl
2. (Archit) (= sunken panel) → artesón m

coffer

[ˈkɒfər]
n (old-fashioned) (= chest) → coffre m coffers
npl (= funds) [organization] → caisses fpl

coffer

n
Truhe f
(fig) the coffersdie Schatulle, das Geldsäckel; (of state)das Staatssäckel
(Archit) → Kassette f

coffer

[ˈkɒfəʳ] n (chest) → forziere m
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