Definitions of brass

  1. Musical instruments in a band.
  2. impudent aggressiveness; " I couldn't believe her boldness"; " he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  3. a memorial made of brass
  4. an ornament or utensil made of brass
  5. 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.
  6. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze.
  7. Impudence; a brazen face.
  8. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
  9. 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.
  10. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
  11. An alloy made by mixing copper with zinc, or, sometimes, tin.
  12. An alloy of copper and zinc: ( fig.) impudence:- pl. monumental plates of brass inlaid on slabs of stone in the pavements of ancient churches: also the brass musical instruments in a band or orchestra. In its colloquial and slang senses the use of the word is by no means modern; namely: 1, money, “ We should scorn each bribing varlets brass.” - Ba. Hall. 2., impudence: shamelessness. “ She in her defense made him appear such a rouge that the chief justice wondered he had the trass to appear in a court of justice.”- Roger North.
  13. An alloy of copper and zinc, or anything made of it; a plate of it engraved with effigies, & c., inlaid on a tombstone; money; brazenness.
  14. A compound of copper and zinc of a yellow colour; impudence.