from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strongbox.
- n. Financial resources; funds.
- n. A treasury: stole money from the union coffers.
- n. Architecture A decorative sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, soffit, or vault.
- n. The chamber formed by a canal lock.
- n. A cofferdam.
- n. A floating dock.
- transitive v. To put in a coffer.
- transitive v. Architecture To supply (a ceiling, for example) with decorative sunken panels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.
- n. An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome.
- n. A cofferdam.
- n. A supply or store of money, often belonging to an organization.
- v. To put money or valuables in a coffer
- v. To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables.
- n. Fig.: Treasure or funds; -- usually in the plural.
- n. A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson.
- n. A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it by a raking fire.
- n. The chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a cofferdam.
- transitive v. To put into a coffer.
- transitive v. To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering.
- transitive v. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a coffer or coffers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A box, casket, or chest (as now understood, a large chest), especially one used for keeping valuables, as money; an ark; hence, figuratively, a treasury; in the plural, the wealth or pecuniary resources of a person, corporation, nation, etc.
- n. In architecture, a sunk panel or compartment in a ceiling or soffit, of an ornamental character, usually enriched with moldings and having a rose, pomegranate, star, or other ornament in the center; a caisson.
- n. In fortification, a hollow lodgment across a dry moat, from 6 to 7 feet deep and from 16 to 18 feet broad.
- n. A trough in which tin ore is broken to pieces.
- n. A kind of caisson or floating dock.
- n. A canal-lock chamber.
- To deposit or lay up in a coffer: usually with up.
- To furnish or ornament with coffers, as a ceiling.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a chest especially for storing valuables
- n. an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
Middle English cofre, from Old French, alteration of *cofne, from Latin cophinus, basket; see coffin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cofre, coffre, from Latin cophinus ("basket"), from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kophinos, "basket"). (Wiktionary)