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coffer

Definitions

  • Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers
    Hanno announcing to the Mercenaries the emptiness of the Public Coffers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coffer a chest especially for storing valuables
    • n coffer an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome
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Additional illustrations & photos:

FRONT OF COFFER FRONT OF COFFER
FRENCH CARVED OAK COFFER FRENCH CARVED OAK COFFER

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coffer A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables. "In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns."
    • Coffer (Arch) A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson.
    • Coffer (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.
    • Coffer Fig.: Treasure or funds; -- usually in the plural. "He would discharge it without any burden to the queen's coffers, for honor sake.""Hold, here is half my coffer ."
    • Coffer The chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a cofferdam.
    • Coffer To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a coffer or coffers.
    • Coffer To put into a coffer.
    • Coffer (Mining) To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coffer A box, casket, or chest (as now understood, a large chest), especially one used for keeping valuables, as money; an ark; hence, figuratively, a treasury; in the plural, the wealth or pecuniary resources of a person, corporation, nation, etc.
    • n coffer In architecture, a sunk panel or compartment in a ceiling or soffit, of an ornamental character, usually enriched with moldings and having a rose, pomegranate, star, or other ornament in the center; a caisson.
    • n coffer In fortification, a hollow lodgment across a dry moat, from 6 to 7 feet deep and from 16 to 18 feet broad. The upper part is made of pieces of timber raised 2 feet above the level of the moat, and upon them are placed hurdles laden with earth, which serve as a covering and as a parapet. It is raised by the besieged to repulse besiegers when they endeavor to pass the ditch.
    • n coffer A trough in which tin ore is broken to pieces.
    • n coffer A kind of caisson or floating dock.
    • n coffer A canal-lock chamber.
    • coffer To deposit or lay up in a coffer: usually with up.
    • coffer To furnish or ornament with coffers, as a ceiling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coffer kof′ėr a chest for holding money or treasure:
    • v.t Coffer to hoard up
    • n Coffer kof′ėr (pl.) the whole wealth of a person: a deep panel in a ceiling
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Quotations

  • Cynthia Pearl Maus
    Cynthia Pearl Maus
    “You may have tangible wealth untold, caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you could never be; I know someone who told stories to me.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus, basket, fr. Gr. . Cf. Coffin (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cofre, a chest—L. cophinus, a basket—Gr. kophinos.

Usage

In literature:

I had neither a locked coffer, nor purse.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Eh, but she's the morsel for thy lips, she and her fat lands and the gold of her father's coffers.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Then open the red coffer in the back court, and the green coffer in the front court.
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
If he has none in 's pockets, trust me, Huncks Has none at home in coffers, desks, or trunks.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The profits from the rich, new trade, plus the alms of the traders visiting Tanagor, had rapidly filled the coffers of Kondaro.
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
True Love is all fiddlededee, love, Full coffers count only, below.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, April 8, 1893" by Various
The French Cathedral was the people's, it was built by their money, not money from an Abbey-coffer.
"Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1" by Elise Whitlock Rose
For the same reasons other financiers have closed their coffers to the sugar-planters.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
I will use her as the key of the 245 cuckoldly rogue's coffer; and there's my harvest-home.
"The Merry Wives of Windsor" by William Shakespeare
Those in her shall remain there; and his Highness can look elsewhere for something to fill his coffers.
"A Chinese Command" by Harry Collingwood
There's one in my coffer that I never use now.
"The King's Daughters" by Emily Sarah Holt
Shun the idler, though his coffers overflow with pelf.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
I trust he hath in his coffers wherewith to pay that debt.
"The White Lady of Hazelwood" by Emily Sarah Holt
For his own coffer he extracted a fiveweight and slipped it into his boot top.
"History Repeats" by George Oliver Smith
He was Mrs Stumfold's father, and from his coffers had come the superfluities of comfort which Miss Mackenzie saw around her.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Did those hands ever receive gold from the coffers of an enemy?
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Millions roll into their coffers while they sleep, and they are oppressed by the burden of responsibilities.
"The Common Sense of Socialism" by John Spargo
His steward followed the next morning with coffers laden on a pair of pack mules.
"Kerfol" by Edith Wharton
Money poured faster than ever into the coffers of the Company.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Of his own gold he was liberal, but he respected the coffers of his creditors.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
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In poetry:

"Halt, halt," they cried, "right noble dame,
'Tis fit we should behold
Whether thy coffer ought contains
But gems and messy gold;"
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
The coffers of her heart would close
Upon their smaliest word.
Yet did they say, "How tall He grows!"
They thought she had not heard.
"The Gentlest Lady" by Dorothy Parker
"As quoth the lion to the mouse,"
The man said; "in King Arthur's House
Men are not names of men alone,
But coffers rather of deeds done."
"In Arthur's House" by William Morris
There are herds of hers on a thousand hills!
There are fleecy flocks untold?
No foreign conquest her coffer fills,—
She has streams whose sands are gold!
"The Future Of Australia" by Mary Hannay Foott
I've no sheep on the mountains
Nor boat on the lake Nor coin in my coffer
To keep me awake Nor corn in my garner,
Nor fruit on my tree Yet the maid of Llanwellyn
Smiles sweetly on me.
"The Maid Of Llanwellyn" by Joanna Baillie
Now the nobles held the castle by a title that was old,
And they drank from crystal goblets and they ate from plates of gold;
The coffers of the castle they were plenished by the thralls,
And many were the revels that were held in Mammon’s halls.
"The Legend of Mammon Castle" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Obama slow to fill disaster aid coffers.
Despite a sluggish economy, Utah officials managed not only to live within their means but even ended up with a little extra money in the state's coffers at the end of fiscal 2012.
In outbidding Cubs and others for rights to Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, they dig deep into coffers.
Gold Fluted Columns and Coffered Ceiling Create Unique Home Theater.
There are no Corinthian columns, no ornate coffered ceilings, and the grand staircase is of stainless steel and terrazzo rather than marble.
More booze in New Hanover County means more money in local government coffers.
Moreover, the government may have sold shares in these community banks at a loss, but these firms also paid $307 million in dividends to Treasury coffers, aside from the money recouped from the auctions.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into the possible embezzlement of more than $300,000 from the coffers of Marble .
MARBLE, Colo.—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is looking into the possible embezzlement of more than $300,000 from the coffers of Marble .
Not only can't the Scranton Parking Authority pay back the city's $1 million bond bailout, it will need roughly $2 million from city coffers annually to cover debt payments, the parking authority solicitor said.
Very simply, there's not enough money in the coffers to cover all our needs.
Democratic members of Congress seeking re-election this fall have been working overtime to fill their coffers for tough campaign fights.
One professor argues it's a way to bring revenue gushing into state coffers.
This will bring new tax revenues into state coffers But, will the Feds allow it, and does it matter socially.
MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon city coffers will be about $100,000 less in 2010 than in 2009 based on depreciation values of personal property .
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