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
If it had been desired to separate also on material, for example, if it were deemed important to locate all brass scrap, each of the groups based upon form could be divided into one of _brass_ and one
I've been reloading for only twelve years, which ain't much, but Win brass is the one I have settled on.
"They are mostly made of that metal, Sire, though sometimes they are made of a metal which we call brass, which is a compound of copper, and of another metal called tin, which adds greatly to its strength and hardness."
The Norma brass is also thicker than Remington or Winchester.
"Aye, what we call brass-monkey weather," said Dalziel, taking a swig from his flask.
"Do you Barford people ever think of anything else but what you call brass?" asked Collingwood, laughing.
And you can actually buy .308 Win brass that takes a Small rifle primer instead of a large rifle primer, this helps with a more consistant ignition and many palma shooters use them, but you'll pay an arm and a leg for this kind of brass ...
In ECHOES OF GLORY: ARMS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE CONFEDERACY, the buttons on the Paine jacket look like small US Eagle buttons although one of them looks like a civilian button, and the other one looks like plain brass, but it is hard to tell from the photo.
I found that after three reloads, my 30-06 winchester brass is breaking clean off near the base.
You should not be blowing out the head unless your brass is being stretched severely with too long a chamber.