American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To put in a coffer.
- v. Architecture To supply (a ceiling, for example) with decorative sunken panels.
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. The upper part is made of pieces of timber raised 2 feet above the level of the moat, and upon them are placed hurdles laden with earth, which serve as a covering and as a parapet. It is raised by the besieged to repulse besiegers when they endeavor to pass the ditch.
- 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.
- n. A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.
- n. architecture 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. transitive To put money or valuables in a coffer
- v. transitive To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. (Arch.) A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson.
- n. (Fort.) 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.
- v. To put into a coffer.
- v. (Mining.) To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering.
- v. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a coffer or coffers.
- n. a chest especially for storing valuables
- n. an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
- From Old French cofre, coffre, from Latin cophinus ("basket"), from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kophinos, "basket"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cofre, from Old French, alteration of *cofne, from Latin cophinus, basket; see coffin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It's no secret the lion's share of the money in King's campaign coffer comes from the electric industry.”
“Because most of the sea wall is submerged, engineers had to build what is called a coffer dam -- essentially a steel bathtub inside the Tidal Basin.”
“They constructed what is called a coffer dam dike that with the velocity that comes through the river, it undermined that, coming in through the lower levels and so forth.”
“Mariamne might want her to become a nun, but the find in the coffer was a portent and had fixed Annais's decision on the matter.”
“It seems "that on the other side of the ocean stands an oak, and on the oak a coffer, and in the coffer a hare, and in the hare a duck, and in the duck an egg, and in the egg the love of the Queen-Maiden.”
“In such a case as this they make what is called a coffer dam, which is a sort of dam, or dike, made by driving piles close together into the ground, in two rows, at a little distance apart, and then filling up the space between them with earth and gravel.”
“The first of three dome-like structures, known as coffer dams, has been completed and is now on its way to the site of the Gulf oil spill, BP said Wednesday.”
“The 100-ton concrete and metal construction, called a coffer dam, has been shipped from Louisiana to the waters above the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico.”
“BP Group Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the company was also planning to deploy an underwater box - called a coffer dam - to cover one of the leaks and allow the oil to be pumped safely to the surface.”
“The first of three dome-like structures, known as coffer dams, has been completed.”
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