Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A basket.
  • noun A mold of paste for a pie; the crust of a pie. See custard-coffin.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A paper twisted in the form of a cone, used as a bag by grocers; a cap or cornet.
  • noun In farriery, the hollow part of a horse's hoof, or the whole hoof below the coronet, including the coffin-bone.
  • noun In printing: The wooden frame which inclosed the stone or bed of the old form of hand printing-press.
  • noun The frame which incloses an imposing-stone.
  • noun In milling, one of the sockets in the eye of the runner, which receives the end of the driver.
  • noun In mining, old workings open to the day; where the ore was raised to the surface by the cast-after-cast method.
  • noun In ceramics, same as cassette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An oblong closed box in which a dead person is buried.
  • noun obsolete A basket.
  • noun A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie.
  • noun obsolete A conical paper bag, used by grocers.
  • noun 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.
  • verb transitive To place in a coffin.

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

  • verb place into a coffin
  • noun box in which a corpse is buried or cremated

Etymologies

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

[Middle English cofin, basket, from Old French, from Latin cophinus, from Greek kophinos.]

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

    July 12, 2009

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    July 31, 2009

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

    March 10, 2012