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Meaning of COFFER

Pronunciation:  'kofur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a chest especially for storing valuables
  2. [n]  an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome

COFFER is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: caisson, lacuna
 See Also: chest, panel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cof"fer\ (?; 115), n. [OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus
    basket, fr. Gr. ?. Cf. {Coffin}, n.]
    1. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for
       keeping money or other valuables. --Chaucer.
             In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns. --Shak.
    2. Fig.: Treasure or funds; -- usually in the plural.
             He would discharge it without any burden to the
             queen's coffers, for honor sake.      --Bacon.
             Hold, here is half my coffer.         --Shak.
    3. (Arch.) A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault,
       dome, or portico; a caisson.
    4. (Fort.) A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and
       extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it
       by a raking fire.
    5. The chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a
    {Coffer dam}. (Engin.) See {Cofferdam}, in the Vocabulary.
    {Coffer fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cowfish}.
  2. \Cof"fer\, v. t.
    1. To put into a coffer. --Bacon.
    2. (Mining.) To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming
       clay behind the masonry or timbering. --Raymond.
    3. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a
       coffer or coffers.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the receptacle or small box placed beside the ark by the Philistines, in which they deposited the golden mice and the emerods as their trespass-offering (1 Sam. 6:8, 11, 15).

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