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Definition of COPPER

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Copper \Cop"per\, n. [OE. coper (cf. D. koper, Sw. koppar, Dan. kobber, G. kupfer), LL. cuper, fr. L. cuprum for earlier Cyprium, Cyprium aes, i.e., Cyprian brass, fr. Gr. ? of Cyprus (Gr. ?), anciently renowned for its copper mines. Cf. {Cypreous}.]
     1. A common metal of a reddish color, both ductile and malleable, and very tenacious. It is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity. Symbol Cu. Atomic weight 63.3. It is one of the most useful metals in itself, and also in its alloys, brass and bronze. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Copper is the only metal which occurs native abundantly in large masses; it is found also in various ores, of which the most important are chalcopyrite, chalcocite, cuprite, and malachite. Copper mixed with tin forms bell metal; with a smaller proportion, bronze; and with zinc, it forms brass, pinchbeck, and other alloys. [1913 Webster]

     2. A coin made of copper; a penny, cent, or other minor coin of copper. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

              My friends filled my pockets with coppers.
                                                    --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

     3. A vessel, especially a large boiler, made of copper. [1913 Webster]

     4. pl. Specifically (Naut.), the boilers in the galley for cooking; as, a ship's coppers. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Copper is often used adjectively, commonly in the sense of made or consisting of copper, or resembling copper; as, a copper boiler, tube, etc. [1913 Webster]

                 All in a hot and copper sky.       --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

     Note: It is sometimes written in combination; as, copperplate, coppersmith, copper-colored. [1913 Webster]

     {Copper finch}. (Zool.) See {Chaffinch}.

     {Copper glance}, or {Vitreous copper}. (Min.) See {Chalcocite}.

     {Indigo copper}. (Min.) See {Covelline}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Copper \Cop"per\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coppered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Coppering}.] To cover or coat with copper; to sheathe with sheets of copper; as, to copper a ship. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]


      Conventional electron-carrying network cable with a core conductor of copper ? or aluminum! Opposed to {light pipe} or, say, a short-range microwave link.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

  Symbol: Cu
  Atomic number: 29
  Atomic weight: 63.54
  Red-brown transition element. Known by the Romans as 'cuprum.' Extracted and used for thousands of years. Malleable, ductile and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. When in moist conditions, a greenish layer forms on the outside.

The Elements (07Nov00) [elements]

143 Moby Thesaurus words for "copper":
     C, C-note, Dogberry, G, G-note, John Law, Titian, adust, auburn, aureate, bar, bay, bay-colored, bayard, bluecoat, bobby, brass, brassy, brazen, bronze, bronze-colored, bronzed, bronzy, brownish-red, buck, bull, bullion, cartwheel, castaneous, cent, century, chestnut, chestnut-brown, coin gold, coin silver, cop, copper-colored, coppery, cupreous, cuprous, dick, dime, dollar, dollar bill, ferrous, ferruginous, fifty cents, fin, fish, five cents, five hundred dollars, five-dollar bill, five-hundred-dollar bill, five-spot, fiver, flatfoot, flattie, four bits, foxy, frogskin, fuzz, gendarme, gilt, gold, gold nugget, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, grand, gumshoe, half G, half a C, half dollar, half grand, heat, henna, hundred-dollar bill, ingot, iron, iron man, ironlike, lead, leaden, liver-brown, liver-colored, livid-brown, mahogany, man, mercurial, mercurous, mill, nickel, nickelic, nickeline, nugget, officer, peeler, penny, pewter, pewtery, pig, precious metals, quarter, quicksilver, red cent, reddish-brown, roan, rubiginous, rufous, russet, russety, rust, rust-colored, rusty, sawbuck, shamus, silver, silver dollar, silver-plated, silvery, skin, smacker, steel, steely, sunburned, ten cents, ten-spot, tenner, terra-cotta, the cops, the fuzz, the law, thousand dollars, thousand-dollar bill, tin, tinny, twenty-dollar bill, twenty-five cents, two bits, two-dollar bill, two-spot, yard, yellow stuff

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