Brass n.; pl. Brasses
1. 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.
2. Mach. 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.
3. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. [Obs.]
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey. --Matt. x. 9.
4. Impudence; a brazen face. [Colloq.]
5. pl. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
The very scullion who cleans the brasses. --Hopkinson.
6. 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.
7. pl. Mining Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.
Note: ☞ The word brass as used in Sculpture language is a translation for copper or some kind of bronze.
Note: ☞ Brass is often used adjectively or in self-explaining compounds; as, brass button, brass kettle, brass founder, brass foundry or brassfoundry.
Brass band Mus., a band of musicians who play upon wind instruments made of brass, as trumpets, cornets, etc.
Brass foil, Brass leaf, brass made into very thin sheets; -- called also Dutch gold.
n 1: an alloy of copper and zinc
2: a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of
variable length) blown by means of a cup-shaped or
3: the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up
a body for the purpose of administering something; "he
claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the
governance of an association is responsible to its
members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the
establishment" [syn: administration, governance, governing
body, establishment, organization, organisation]
4: impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness";
"he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: boldness,
nerve, face, cheek]
5: an ornament or utensil made of brass
6: the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass
instruments [syn: brass section]
7: a memorial made of brass [syn: memorial tablet, plaque]
which is an alloy of copper and zinc, was not known till the
thirteenth century. What is designated by this word in Scripture
is properly copper (Deut. 8:9). It was used for fetters (Judg.
16:21; 2 Kings 25:7), for pieces of armour (1 Sam. 17:5, 6), for
musical instruments (1 Chr. 15:19; 1 Cor. 13:1), and for money
It is a symbol of insensibility and obstinacy in sin (Isa.
48:4; Jer. 6:28; Ezek. 22:18), and of strength (Ps. 107:16;
The Macedonian empire is described as a kingdom of brass (Dan.
2:39). The "mountains of brass" Zechariah (6:1) speaks of have
been supposed to represent the immutable decrees of God.
The serpent of brass was made by Moses at the command of God
(Num. 21:4-9), and elevated on a pole, so that it might be seen
by all the people when wounded by the bite of the serpents that
were sent to them as a punishment for their murmurings against
God and against Moses. It was afterwards carried by the Jews
into Canaan, and preserved by them till the time of Hezekiah,
who caused it to be at length destroyed because it began to be
viewed by the people with superstitious reverence (2 Kings
18:4). (See NEHUSHTAN.)
The brazen serpent is alluded to by our Lord in John 3:14, 15.