A pair of brass candlesticks.
- The definition of brass is made of or coated with a yellowish metal basically made of copper and zinc.
An example of brass used as an adjective is in the phrase "brass ring," which means a ring made out of primarily copper and zinc.
Brass is defined as a soft, yellowish metal that is basically made of copper and zinc, or a musical instrument which is made of brass and has uses a mouthpiece and lip tension to make the sound, or is slang for the highest-ranking officers in the military.
Facts About Brass Metal
- The features of brass make it an excellent medal to be used in special instances such as zippers (low friction), musical instruments (easy formation), fixtures and art (moldability) and exteriors (resists tarnishing).
- The low melting point of brass, and its antimagnetic properties, make it easy to separate from regular scrap metals.
- Brass is harder, stronger and resilient to corrosion because of the addition of zinc and coppyer when the brass is manufactured.
- Brass is resistent to sea and salt water due to the alloys which are added to it during its manufacturing.
- An example of brass is the metal used to for fittings in the piping systems that transfer explosive gases.
- An example of a brass is a trumpet.
- An example of brass are the Captains in the U.S. Navy.
- a yellowish metal that is essentially an alloy of copper and zinc
- things made of brass, as fittings, ornaments, or implements
- [often with pl. v.] the brass instruments of an orchestra, band, etc., or the players of these instruments
- a brass memorial tablet
- Informal bold impudence; effrontery
- [often with pl. v.]Slang
- military officers of high rank
- any high officials, executives, etc.
- Machinery the lining or bushing of a bearing
Origin of brassMiddle English bras from Old English bræs, brass, bronze
- made of or containing brass
- designating a wind instrument, as a horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba, made of a coiled metal tube and having a usually cup-shaped mouthpiece
- of or for such an instrument or instruments
- a. A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc.b. Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy.
- often brasses Music a. The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments.b. Brass instruments or their players considered as a group.
- A memorial plaque or tablet made of brass, especially one on which an effigy is incised.
- A bushing or similar lining for a bearing, made from a copper alloy.
- Informal Bold self-assurance; effrontery.
- Slang High-ranking military officers or other high officials.
- Chiefly British Money.
Origin of brassMiddle English bras from Old English bræs
(usually uncountable, plural brasses)
- (uncountable) A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
- (countable, music) A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound.
- Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
- (uncountable) The colour of brass.
- (uncountable, used as a singular or plural noun, military) High-ranking officers.
- The brass are not going to like this.
- The brass is not going to like this.
- (uncountable, informal) A brave or foolhardy attitude.
- You've got a lot of brass telling me to do that!
- (slang, dated) Money.
- Inferior composition.
(comparative more brass, superlative most brass)
From Old English bræs.
- (slang) Brass monkey; cold.