from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc.
- n. Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy.
- n. Music The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments. Often used in the plural.
- n. Music Brass instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural.
- n. A memorial plaque or tablet made of brass, especially one on which an effigy is incised.
- n. A bushing or similar lining for a bearing, made from a copper alloy.
- n. Informal Bold self-assurance; effrontery.
- n. Slang High-ranking military officers or other high officials.
- n. Chiefly British Money.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
- n. A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound.
- n. Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
- n. The colour of brass.
- n. High-ranking officers.
- n. A brave or foolhardy attitude.
- n. Money.
- n. Inferior composition.
- adj. Of the colour of brass.
- adj. Impertinent, bold: brazen.
- adj. Bad, annoying; as wordplay applied especially to brass instruments.
- adj. Of inferior composition.
- n. Brass in pocket; money.
- n. A brass nail; a prostitute.
- adj. Brass monkey; cold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze.
- n. Impudence; a brazen face.
- n. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
- n. 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.
- n. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An important alloy, consisting essentially of copper and zinc.
- n. A utensil, ornament, or other article made of brass: as, to clean the brasses on board a ship.
- n. In machinery, a pillow, bearing, collar, box, or bush, supporting a gudgeon: so called because frequently made of brass.
- n. In medieval archœol., a funeral monument consisting of a plate of brass, usually of rectangular shape and often of large size, incised with an effigy, coats of arms, inscriptions, and frequently accessory ornament.
- n. A brass musical instrument, or, collectively, the brass instruments in a band or an orchestra.
- n. Money.
- n. In coal-mining, iron pyrites.
- n. Excessive assurance; impudence; brazenness: as, he has brass enough for anything.
- Made or composed of brass; pertaining to or resembling brass; brazen; brassy.
- To cover or coat over with brass.
- n. Nautical, same as brace.
- n. A continental European measure of length, equal to the extended arms or more; a fathom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
- n. an ornament or utensil made of brass
- n. 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
- n. an alloy of copper and zinc
- n. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
- n. a memorial made of brass
- n. impudent aggressiveness
Middle English bras, from Old English bræs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English bræs. (Wiktionary)
By ellipsis (Wiktionary)