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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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.""