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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An oblong box in which a corpse is buried.
  • n. The horny part of a horse's hoof.
  • transitive v. To place in or as if in a coffin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An oblong closed box in which a dead person is buried.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie.
  • n. A conical paper bag, used by grocers.
  • n. The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone. Coffin bone, the foot bone of the horse and allied animals, inclosed within the hoof, and corresponding to the third phalanx of the middle finger, or toe, of most mammals.
  • v. To place in a coffin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie.
  • n. A conical paper bag, used by grocers.
  • n. The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone.
  • transitive v. To inclose in, or as in, a coffin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with paste or crust. See coffin, n., 2; also extract under baked-meat, 2.
  • To put or inclose in a coffin, as a corpse; hence, figuratively, to confine; shut up.
  • n. A basket.
  • n. A mold of paste for a pie; the crust of a pie. See custard-coffin.
  • n. The chest, box, or case; in which a dead human body is placed for burial: usually made of wood or lead, but sometimes of stone or iron, or even of glass.
  • n. A paper twisted in the form of a cone, used as a bag by grocers; a cap or cornet.
  • n. In farriery, the hollow part of a horse's hoof, or the whole hoof below the coronet, including the coffin-bone.
  • n. In printing: The wooden frame which inclosed the stone or bed of the old form of hand printing-press.
  • n. The frame which incloses an imposing-stone.
  • n. In milling, one of the sockets in the eye of the runner, which receives the end of the driver.
  • n. In mining, old workings open to the day; where the ore was raised to the surface by the cast-after-cast method.
  • n. In ceramics, same as cassette.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. place into a coffin
  • n. box in which a corpse is buried or cremated

Etymologies

Middle English cofin, basket, from Old French, from Latin cophinus, from Greek kophinos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • I was wondering what the difference is between a coffin and a casket....

    March 10, 2012

  • "Strange Discovery"

    July 31, 2009

  • Oblong hexagonal container (wide at the shoulders) as opposed to a casket which is a rectangular box.

    July 12, 2009