Definitions of brass

  1. impudent aggressiveness; " I couldn't believe her boldness"; " he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  2. an alloy of copper and zinc
  3. a memorial made of brass
  4. an ornament or utensil made of brass
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze.
  8. Impudence; a brazen face.
  9. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
  10. 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.
  11. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
  12. An alloy made by mixing copper with zinc, or, sometimes, tin.
  13. 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.
  14. Musical instruments in a band.
  15. 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.
  16. A compound of copper and zinc of a yellow colour; impudence.

Usage examples for brass

  1. Reaching out his hand he pulled down a little brass hook- the room was immediately lit with the soft glare of the electric light. – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. And he owned up as bold as brass; the servants heard him. – Peccavi by E. W. Hornung
  3. As I saw her going up the brass- edged stairs, I said to myself-" " Never mind that." – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  4. It's voice was a brass band that drowned their troubles. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  5. " Grider still has his brass- bound nerve with him; to ask us to meet him! – Stranded in Arcady by Francis Lynde
  6. " 'Taking up a trunk, as every hotel- keeper does and has a right to do, and examinin' the name on the brass plate to the eend on't, is one thing; forcin' the lock and ransackin' the contents, is another. – The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
  7. And now this sound that is ringing in his ears is no longer of the brass- band that he had heard in the theatre. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  8. He'd not have the brass to show his face on English soil. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  9. With a month and a half I should be able to get a lot more, and with what I already know, the Corps top brass will take steps, but fast!" – Man of Many Minds by E. Everett Evans
  10. Uncle Henry said all right and went on with his brass work. – The Hohenzollerns in America With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and other impossibilities by Stephen Leacock
  11. Do tell me what it was that came over you so suddenly with sufficient power to shake your dry bones so effectually, and take all of the brass out of your face? – Lily Pearl and The Mistress of Rosedale by Ida Glenwood
  12. As for voting and all that, it's just turning gold into brass, and getting nothing but the baser metal for change. – Phemie Frost's Experiences by Ann S. Stephens
  13. You need not go to great expense to procure a satisfactory one, for there are many materials to draw from, iron, brass and slate being the most desirable. – Garden Ornaments by Mary H. Northend
  14. Everybody else was trying their 'ardest for the watch, and all Bob done was to make a laugh of 'em and to say he believed it was on'y made of brass arter all. – Ship's Company, The Entire Collection by W.W. Jacobs
  15. And all over an old brass cannon, too!" – For the Liberty of Texas by Edward Stratemeyer
  16. I afterwards asked several of the more intelligent natives of Brass if the Ju- Ju law did not allow a mother to save her child in such a case. – West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
  17. He saw that Droom's heart was not all steel and brass. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  18. But in all the chamber Matrena Petrovna saw nothing, thought of nothing but the brass bolt which shone there on the door. – The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux
  19. Have you more old pieces of brass? – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  20. We should have presented a front of brass- they lay open wounds to his view. – The History of Napoleon Buonaparte by John Gibson Lockhart