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Definition of Brass


  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. 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.
  4. Impudence; a brazen face.
  5. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
  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. Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the color of which is near to that of brass.

Brass Quotations

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You look like gold. I've been fooled before, but now I know I've made the mistake in the past. But now I, now I know the difference from gold and brass.
Ben Harper

Titles of honor are like the impressions on coins, which add no value to gold or silver, but only render brass current.
Laurence Sterne

I remember when I was 5 living on Pulaski Street in Brooklyn, the hallway of our building had a brass banister and a great sound, a great echo system. I used to sing in the hallway.
Barbra Streisand

Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.
Elizabeth I
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Brass Translations

brass in Danish is messing
brass in Dutch is geelkoper, messing
brass in French is laiton, airain
brass in Italian is ottone
brass in Norwegian is messing
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