Definition of "brass" []

  • A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc. (noun)
  • Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy. (noun)
  • Music The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • Music Brass instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A memorial plaque or tablet made of brass, especially one on which an effigy is incised. (noun)
  • An alloy of copper and zinc containing more than 50 per cent of copper. Alpha brass (containing less than 35 per cent of zinc) is used for most engineering materials requiring forging, pressing, etc. Alpha-beta brass (35–45 per cent zinc) is used for hot working and extrusion. Beta brass (45–50 per cent zinc) is used for castings. Small amounts of other metals, such as lead or tin, may be added (noun)

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  • An object, ornament, or utensil made of brass (noun)
  • The large family of wind instruments including the trumpet, trombone, French horn, etc, each consisting of a brass tube blown directly by means of a cup- or funnel-shaped mouthpiece (noun)
  • Instruments of this family forming a section in an orchestra (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A renewable sleeve or bored semicylindrical shell made of brass or bronze, used as a liner for a bearing (noun)
  • Important or high-ranking officials, esp military officers (noun)
  • Money (noun)
  • An engraved brass memorial tablet or plaque, set in the wall or floor of a church (noun)
  • Bold self-confidence; cheek; nerve (noun)
  • A prostitute (noun)
  • Of, consisting of, or relating to brass or brass instruments (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "brass" in a sentence
  • "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.""