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.
The definition of brass is made of or coated with a yellowish metal basically made of copper and zinc.adjective
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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. brasses
- a yellowish metal that is essentially an alloy of copper and zinc
- things made of brass, as fittings, ornaments, or implements
- the brass instruments of an orchestra, band, etc., or the players of these instruments
- a brass memorial tablet
- Informal bold impudence; effrontery
- ☆ Slang
- military officers of high rank
- any high officials, executives, etc.
- Machinery the lining or bushing of a bearing
Origin: ME bras < OE 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
- composed of or for such an instrument or instruments: a brass choir
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- 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.
- Music a. The section of a band or an orchestra composed of brass instruments. Often used in the plural.b. Brass instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural.
- 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: Middle English bras, from Old English brǽs.
- brass adjective
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