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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.]
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
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)
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]
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|Noun||1.||coffer - 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