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brass

 (brăs)
n.
1.
a. A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc.
b. Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy.
2. often brasses Music
a. The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments.
b. Brass instruments or their players considered as a group.
3. A memorial plaque or tablet made of brass, especially one on which an effigy is incised.
4. A bushing or similar lining for a bearing, made from a copper alloy.
5. Informal Bold self-assurance; effrontery.
6. Slang High-ranking military officers or other high officials.
7. Chiefly British Money.

[Middle English bras, from Old English bræs.]

brass adj.

brass

(brɑːs)
n
1. (Metallurgy) an alloy of copper and zinc containing more than 50 per cent of copper. Alpha brass (containing less than 35 per cent of zinc) is used for most engineering materials requiring forging, pressing, etc. Alpha-beta brass (35–45 per cent zinc) is used for hot working and extrusion. Beta brass (45–50 per cent zinc) is used for castings. Small amounts of other metals, such as lead or tin, may be added. Compare bronze1
2. an object, ornament, or utensil made of brass
3. (Instruments)
a. the large family of wind instruments including the trumpet, trombone, French horn, etc, each consisting of a brass tube blown directly by means of a cup- or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
b. (sometimes functioning as plural) instruments of this family forming a section in an orchestra
c. (as modifier): a brass ensemble.
4. (Mechanical Engineering) a renewable sleeve or bored semicylindrical shell made of brass or bronze, used as a liner for a bearing
5. (Military) (functioning as plural) informal important or high-ranking officials, esp military officers: the top brass. See also brass hat
6. dialect Northern English money: where there's muck, there's brass!.
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Brit an engraved brass memorial tablet or plaque, set in the wall or floor of a church
8. informal bold self-confidence; cheek; nerve: he had the brass to ask for more time.
9. (Professions) slang a prostitute
10. (modifier) of, consisting of, or relating to brass or brass instruments: a brass ornament; a brass band.
[Old English bræs; related to Old Frisian bres copper, Middle Low German bras metal]

brass

(bræs, brɑs)

n.
1. any of various metal alloys consisting mainly of copper and zinc.
2.
a. an ornament, utensil, piece of hardware, or other article made of brass.
b. such articles collectively.
3.
b. Often, brasses. the brass instruments of a band or orchestra.
4.
a. high-ranking military officers.
b. any high officials.
5. excessive self-assurance; impudence.
6. a semicylindrical shell, usu. of bronze, used to line a bearing.
7. a brass memorial tablet.
adj.
8. of, made of, or pertaining to brass.
9. having the color brass.
[before 1000; Middle English bras, Old English bræs; c. Old Frisian bres copper, Middle Low German bras metal]

brass

(brăs)
A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc. It sometimes includes small amounts of other metals. Brass is characterized by being strong and ductile, and by being resistant to many forms of corrosion.

Brass


a student of brasses.
a technique of divination by examining vessels of brass.
one who copies monumental brasses by taking rubbings.

Brass

 army officers collectively, 1899 [used in phrases top brass or brass hats]; memorial brasses collectively, 1613; musical instrument of a brass band type collectively, 1382; copper coins collectively, 1599; money in general, 1601.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brass - an alloy of copper and zinc
atomic number 29, copper, Cu - 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
alpha-beta brass, Muntz metal, yellow metal - a brass that has more zinc and is stronger than alpha brass; used in making castings and hot-worked products
alpha brass - an alloy of brass and zinc; used mainly for cold working
bearing brass - a brass bushing or a lining for a bearing
cartridge brass - an alloy of copper and zinc (containing about 30% zinc) that is wrought into cartridges or tubing
copper-base alloy - any alloy whose principal component is copper
gilding metal - a brass that is rich in copper; used to make articles that were to be gilded
high brass - brass with 35% zinc
latten - brass (or a yellow alloy resembling brass) that was hammered into thin sheets; formerly used for church utensils
low brass - brass with 30% (or less) zinc
ormolu - brass that looks like gold; used to decorate furniture
guinea gold, red brass - brass with enough copper to give it a reddish tint; used for plumbing pipe and other brass hardware and in cheap jewelry
2.brass - a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
baritone horn, baritone - the second lowest brass wind instrument
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba - the lowest brass wind instrument
bugle - a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
clarion - a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
cornet, trumpet, trump, horn - a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
fluegelhorn, flugelhorn - a brass instrument resembling a cornet but with a wider bore
French horn, horn - a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
saxhorn - any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
trombone - a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide
valve - device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
3.brass - the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering somethingbrass - 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"
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
authorities, government, regime - the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit; "the government reduced taxes"; "the matter was referred to higher authorities"
Curia - (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
top brass - the most important persons in a governing body
executive - persons who administer the law
judiciary, bench - persons who administer justice
county council - the elected governing body of a county
government officials, officialdom - people elected or appointed to administer a government
pecking order, power structure, hierarchy - the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
management - those in charge of running a business
advisory board, planning board - a board appointed to advise the chief administrator
4.brass - impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
aggressiveness - the quality of being bold and enterprising
audaciousness, audacity - aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery; "he had the audacity to question my decision"
5.brass - an ornament or utensil made of brass
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
6.brass - the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instrumentsbrass - the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
section - a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
trumpet section - the section of a band or orchestra that plays trumpets or cornets
7.brass - a memorial made of brassbrass - a memorial made of brass    
monument, memorial - a structure erected to commemorate persons or events

brass

noun
2. Chiefly British. Something, such as coins or printed bills, used as a medium of exchange:
Informal: wampum.
Translations
آلات نفخ نحاسيهنحاس أصفرنُحاس أَصْفَر
mosazmosaznýplechové hudební nástroježestěžesťový
messingmessingblæser
MessingBlechblasinstrumentBlechblasinstrumente
latuno
latónmetalmetales (music)
messinki
mjedmjeden
rézfúvósoksárgaréz
málmblásturshljóîfærimessing, látún
真鍮
황동
eiti prie reikaloįžūlumasmetaliniai pučiamieji instrumentaipučiamųjų orkestrasžalvarinis
metāla pūšamie instrumentimisiņa-misiņš
plechové hudobné nástrojez mosadze
medenina
mässing
ทองเหลือง
đồng

brass

[brɑːs]
A. N
1. (= metal) → latón m
see also bold
2. (= plate) → placa f conmemorativa (Rel) → plancha f sepulcral (de latón)
to clean the brassespulir los bronces
3. the brass
3.1. (Mus) → los metales
3.2. (Mil) → los jefazos
see also top E
4. (Brit) (= money) → pasta f
5. (= impudence) → cara f
he had the brass to ask me for ittuvo la cara de pedírmelo
B. ADJ (= made of brass) → (hecho) de latón
not to be worth a brass farthingno valer un ardite
it's cold enough to freeze a brass monkey; it's brass monkey weather (Brit) → ¡hace un frío que pela!
to get down to brass tacksir al grano
C. CPD brass band Nbanda f de metal
brass hat N (Mil) → jefazo/a m/f
brass knuckles NPL (US) → nudilleras fpl
brass neck Ncara(dura) f, valor m
brass rubbing N (= art, object) → calco m de plancha sepulcral (de latón)
the brass section N (Mus) → los metales
brass off VT + ADVfastidiar

brass

[ˈbrɑːs]
n
(= metal) → cuivre m (jaune), laiton m
(MUSIC) the brass (= instruments, players) → les cuivres
adj (= made of brass) → en cuivre (jaune), en laiton
modif (MUSIC) the brass section → les cuivresbrass band nfanfare fbrassed off [ˈbrɑːst ˈbræst] adj
to be brassed off with sth (= fed up with) → en avoir ras le bol de qch
to get brassed off → en avoir ras le bol

brass

n
Messing nt
the brass (Mus) → die Blechbläser pl, → das Blech (inf)
(= thing made of brass) (= plaque)Messingtafel for -schild nt; (in church: on tomb) → Grabplatte faus Messing; (no pl: = brass articles) → Messing nt; to do or clean the brass(es)das Messing putzen
(inf) the top brassdie hohen Tiere (inf)
(inf, = impudence) → Frechheit f
(inf: = money) → Kohle f (inf)
adj (= made of brass)Messing-, messingen (rare); (Mus) → Blech-; brass instrumentBlechblasinstrument nt; brass playerBlechbläser m; brass sectionBlech (→ bläser pl) nt

brass

:
brass farthing
n he hasn’t got a brass (Brit inf) → er besitzt keinen Cent; not to get a brass (Brit inf) → keinen Cent bekommen; it doesn’t matter a brass (Brit inf) → es ist völlig egal
brass foundry
brass hat
n (Brit Mil sl) → hohes Tier (inf)

brass

:
brass knuckles
pl (inf)Schlagring m
brass monkey
n it’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass (Brit hum sl) → es ist arschkalt (sl); real brass weather, eh? (Brit hum inf) → arschkalt, was? (sl)
brass neck
n to have a brassNerven haben (inf)
brass plaque, brass plate
nMessingschild nt; (in church) → Messinggedenktafel f
brass rubbing
n (= activity)Durchpausen or -zeichnen nt (des Bildes auf einer Messinggrabtafel); (= result)Pauszeichnung f (des Bildes auf einer Messinggrabtafel)
brass tacks
pl to get down to brass (inf)zur Sache kommen

brass

[brɑːs]
1. n
a.ottone m
the brass (Mus) → gli ottoni
b. (fam) to have the brass (neck) to do sthavere la faccia tosta di fare qc
the top brass (Mil) → i pezzi grossi dell'esercito
2. adj (ornament) → d'ottone

brass

(braːs) noun
1. an alloy of copper and zinc. This plate is made of brass; (also adjective) a brass door-knocker.
2. wind musical instruments which are made of brass or other metal.
ˈbrassy adjective
brass band
a band of players of (mainly) brass wind instruments.
brass neck
shameless cheek or impudence. After breaking off the engagement she had the brass neck to keep the ring.
get down to brass tacks
to deal with basic principles or matters. Let's stop arguing about nothing and get down to brass tacks.

brass

نُحاس أَصْفَر mosaz messing Messing μπρούντζος latón messinki laiton mjed ottone 真鍮 황동 koper messing mosiądz latão латунь mässing ทองเหลือง pirinç đồng 黄铜
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On the door hung a heavy brass knocker, an innovation introduced into the village by Helen White's mother, who had also organized a women's club for the study of po- etry.
will you get down to brass tacks and strike a trial balance?
Jake bought everything the newsboys offered him: candy, oranges, brass collar buttons, a watch-charm, and for me a `Life of Jesse James,' which I remember as one of the most satisfactory books I have ever read.
There were wax candles, in massive brass candelabra, burning softly under yellow silk shades; full, fragrant roses, yellow and red, abounded.
In this enterprise, however, he had more real difficulties than generally fell to the lot of a knight-errant of yore, who seldom had anything but giants, enchanters, fiery dragons, and such like easily conquered adversaries, to contend with and had to make his way merely through gates of iron and brass, and walls of adamant to the castle keep, where the lady of his heart was confined; all which he achieved as easily as a man would carve his way to the centre of a Christmas pie; and then the lady gave him her hand as a matter of course.
Coming downstairs to meet my colleague in the hall, I remembered a pair of gloves that had required three stitches and that had received them-- with a publicity perhaps not edifying--while I sat with the children at their tea, served on Sundays, by exception, in that cold, clean temple of mahogany and brass, the "grown-up" dining room.
As the Lakeman's bare head was just level with the planks, the Captain and his posse leaped the barricade, and rapidly drawing over the slide of the scuttle, planted their group of hands upon it, and loudly called for the steward to bring the heavy brass padlock, belonging to the companion-way.
Imprimis, fifty feet high in his socks; then, chest modelled after the Thames Tunnel; then, legs with roots to 'em, to stay in one place; then, arms three feet through the wrist; no heart at all, brass forehead, and about a quarter of an acre of fine brains; and let me see --shall I order eyes to see outwards?
If one of them be a minute late, he will be docked an hour's pay, and if he be many minutes late, he will be apt to find his brass check turned to the wall, which will send him out to join the hungry mob that waits every morning at the gates of the packing houses, from six o'clock until nearly half-past eight.
I renewed my challenge, engraved it on brass, posted it up where any priest could read it to them, and also kept it standing in the advertising columns of the paper.
See Appendix A] appeared at the door in a spick-and-span new blue cloth uniform, decorated with shining brass buttons, and with bands of gold lace around his cap and wristbands; and he wore white gloves, too.
I told him I had an old slick counterfeit quarter that warn't no good because the brass showed through the silver a little, and it wouldn't pass nohow, even if the brass didn't show, because it was so slick it felt greasy, and so that would tell on it every time.