brass

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: brass

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an alloy of copper and zinc
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a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
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the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
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impudent aggressiveness
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: brass
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n an alloy of copper and zinc

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Muntz metal, alpha-beta brass, yellow metal
a brass that has more zinc and is stronger than alpha brass; used in making castings and hot-worked products
alpha brass
an alloy of brass and zinc; used mainly for cold working
bearing brass
a brass bushing or a lining for a bearing
cartridge brass
an alloy of copper and zinc (containing about 30% zinc) that is wrought into cartridges or tubing
gilding metal
a brass that is rich in copper; used to make articles that were to be gilded
high brass
brass with 35% zinc
latten
brass (or a yellow alloy resembling brass) that was hammered into thin sheets; formerly used for church utensils
low brass
brass with 30% (or less) zinc
ormolu
brass that looks like gold; used to decorate furniture
guinea gold, red brass
brass with enough copper to give it a reddish tint; used for plumbing pipe and other brass hardware and in cheap jewelry
high-strength brass, manganese bronze
a brass with from 1-4% manganese to harden it
Admiralty Metal, Admiralty brass, Tobin bronze, naval brass
alpha-beta brass containing tin; resistant to sea water; Admiralty Metal is a trademark
Type of:
copper-base alloy
any alloy whose principal component is copper

n an ornament or utensil made of brass

Type of:
decoration, ornament, ornamentation
something used to beautify

n a memorial made of brass

Synonyms:
memorial tablet, plaque
Type of:
memorial, monument
a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
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n a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece

Synonyms:
brass instrument
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baritone, baritone horn
the second lowest brass wind instrument
bass horn, sousaphone, tuba
the lowest brass wind instrument
bugle
a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
clarion
a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
cornet, horn, trump, trumpet
a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
fluegelhorn, flugelhorn
a brass instrument resembling a cornet but with a wider bore
French horn, horn
a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
saxhorn
any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
trombone
a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide
euphonium
a bass horn (brass wind instrument) that is the tenor of the tuba family
bombardon, helicon
a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician
sackbut
a medieval musical instrument resembling a trombone
serpent
an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake
Type of:
wind, wind instrument
a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath

n the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments

Synonyms:
brass section
Types:
trumpet section
the section of a band or orchestra that plays trumpets or cornets
Type of:
section
a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
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n the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

Synonyms:
administration, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization
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Curia
(Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
top brass
the most important persons in a governing body
executive
persons who administer the law
bench, judiciary
persons who administer justice
county council
the elected governing body of a county
government officials, officialdom
people elected or appointed to administer a government
management
those in charge of running a business
Bush administration
the executive under President George W. Bush
Clinton administration
the executive under President Clinton
Bush administration
the executive under President George H. W. Bush
Reagan administration
the executive under President Reagan
Carter administration
the executive under President Carter
civil service
government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations
house
the management of a gambling house or casino
bureaucracy, bureaucratism
nonelective government officials
Type of:
body
a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
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n impudent aggressiveness

Synonyms:
boldness, cheek, face, nerve
Types:
audaciousness, audacity
aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery
assumption, effrontery, presumption, presumptuousness
audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
Type of:
aggressiveness
the quality of being bold and enterprising
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