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coffin

Definitions

  • the Coffin of Mykerinos
    the Coffin of Mykerinos
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v coffin place into a coffin "her body was coffined"
    • n coffin box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN SARCOPHAGUS, OR COFFIN
COFFIN OF ALABASTER COFFIN OF ALABASTER
STONE COFFIN STONE COFFIN
STONE COFFIN WITH OPEN SIDE STONE COFFIN WITH OPEN SIDE
Saw the Marble Coffins in Which George and Martha 050 Saw the Marble Coffins in Which George and Martha 050
ADMIRAL SIR ISAAC COFFIN ADMIRAL SIR ISAAC COFFIN

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a type of coffin made that can be used as a wine rack or picnic table before its final use
    • Coffin A basket.
    • Coffin A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie. "Of the paste a coffin I will rear."
    • Coffin A conical paper bag, used by grocers.
    • Coffin The case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial. "They embalmed him [Joseph], and he was put in a coffin ."
    • Coffin (Far) The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone.
    • v. t Coffin To inclose in, or as in, a coffin. "Would'st thou have laughed, had I come coffined home?""Devotion is not coffined in a cell."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In October 1973, Swedish sweet maker Roland Ohisson of Falkenberg was buried in a coffin made of nothing but chocolate
    • n coffin A basket.
    • n coffin A mold of paste for a pie; the crust of a pie. See custard-coffin.
    • n coffin The chest, box, or case; in which a dead human body is placed for burial: usually made of wood or lead, but sometimes of stone or iron, or even of glass.
    • n coffin A paper twisted in the form of a cone, used as a bag by grocers; a cap or cornet.
    • n coffin In farriery, the hollow part of a horse's hoof, or the whole hoof below the coronet, including the coffin-bone.
    • n coffin In printing: The wooden frame which inclosed the stone or bed of the old form of hand printing-press.
    • n coffin The frame which incloses an imposing-stone.
    • n coffin In milling, one of the sockets in the eye of the runner, which receives the end of the driver.
    • n coffin In mining, old workings open to the day; where the ore was raised to the surface by the cast-after-cast method.
    • n coffin In ceramics, same as cassette.
    • coffin To cover with paste or crust. See coffin, n., 2; also extract under baked-meat, 2.
    • coffin To put or inclose in a coffin, as a corpse; hence, figuratively, to confine; shut up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobody knows what happened to the body Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During his funeral in 1791, a thunderstorm suddenly appeared and his funeral party dropped the coffin and ran for cover. When they returned, the coffin was gone.
    • n Coffin kof′in the coffer or chest in which a dead body is enclosed
    • v.t Coffin to place within a coffin
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Quotations

  • Fred A. Allen
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    “I don't want to own anything that won't fit into my coffin.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”
  • Russian Proverb
    Russian Proverb
    “A wooden bed is better than a golden coffin.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
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    “From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.”
  • Stan Dale
    Stan Dale
    “Comfort zones are plush lined coffins. When you stay in your plush lined coffins, you die.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.”

Idioms

Nail in the coffin - A nail in someone or something's coffin is a problem or event that is a clear step towards an inevitable failure.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., a basket, receptacle, OF. cofin, fr. L. cophinus,. See Coffer (n.)

Usage

In literature:

On each side of the animal swings a coffin, unceremoniously thumped by the rider's bare heels.
"Chaldea" by Zénaïde A. Ragozin
On two of our three plantations things are doing well, but this big Coffin place is in a very miserable, demoralized condition.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
The coffin was placed in a recess in the tomb.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
On the south side of the chancel, in the easternmost bay, is a plain, dark-coloured marble coffin, without any inscription or ornament.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Rochester" by G. H. Palmer
They put coffins on the porches before the people died.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Beach didn't notice the black-covered coffins or the guns.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
And I'd have said it was the Dempster himself, if he hadn't been dead and in his coffin.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
When the Benson screen was put up three Abbots were found interred in their robes, and another coffin with two skulls in it.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
Then make your way to Squire Coffin's house as best you may.
"A Little Maid of Province Town" by Alice Turner Curtis
Upon the appearance of the coffin, the commander commands: =1.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
When a Cholo died, a coffin was sent to his residence.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
A coffin was carried out, and then I knew that she was dead.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The coffin was carried to the grave, and the disconsolate mother sat with her young daughters.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Perhaps they were used as supports for the coffin.
"El Kab" by J.E. Quibell
He first unscrewed the coffin lid.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
Preparations for their burial are being carried on as rapidly as possible, and "coffins, coffins," is the cry.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Not far away stood another coffin, and in this second one lay a corpse.
"A Royal Prisoner" by Pierre Souvestre
He made a short prayer, and then the coffin was placed on the bier and covered with the pall.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
I made for him a coffin, and dug his grave near the Mission House.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
In the picture the dog presses close to the coffin.
"Stories Pictures Tell" by Flora L. Carpenter
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In poetry:

The grave is dark and drear;
But what have I to fear?
Nor pain nor pleasure 's hid
Beneath the coffin's lid.
"Of Death And Life" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
I shall lie so, and Earth
Will seize again her dust--
Though she must gnaw and rust
The coffin's iron girth.
"The Question" by Cale Young Rice
“But whenso thou art sorrowful
And weary is thy mood,
Then all within my coffin
Is it dreadful with dark blood.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
Uprose the fair knight Aagen,
Coffin on back took he,
And he’s away to her bower,
Sore hard as the work might be.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
“O whenso thou art joyous,
And the heart is glad in thee,
Then fares it with my coffin
That red roses are with me.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
The earth upon her coffin-lid
Sounded a hollow, harsh adieu!
The mound arose, and she was hid
For ever from the view!
"Lines On The Burial Of Mrs. Mary L. Ward, At Dale Cemetery, Sing-Sing, May 3, 1853." by George Pope Morris

In news:

Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band has called Utah's Crescent Super Band the best youth Great American Songbook band in the world.
L Mencken wrote, "A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin".
Universal Studios presents a film directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
Check out Sam Coffin Dies Laughing Directed by John Herman for the NH 48 Hour Film Project.
Pallbearers place the coffin of Jonathan "Jay" Gemmecke, 32, in a hearse Monday afternoon after his funeral service at McQueen Funeral Home in Wheaton.
The movie's tagline, "Death is only the beginning of eternal life," begs the question: Will the discovery of Dracula 's coffin lead to a resurgence of a Nazi plot that was foiled 70 years ago.
Corpse falls out of coffin' elevator prank goes viral.
Ethiopians mourn as prime minister's coffin arrives.
Company introduces bacon coffin so bacon-lovers can be wrapped for eternity .
Today they guys who brought the world Bacon Salt, Baconnaise and most recently, Bacon Lube, unveiled their latest creation: the bacon coffin.
The coffins, which have been talked about for some time now, are finally available.
Or, Some Nails in the Coffin of Postmodernism.
The coffin of Jamphel Yeshi is borne by Tibetan exiles outside a temple in Dharamsala, India.
Coffins race to the finish line in Manitou.
Brian Kelly, left, and Taylor McLeroy stand next to a fishing boat that carried the coffin of Billy "Big Fish" McLeroy III to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson.
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In science:

Fig.2: It was in 1902, during the excavation of a grave at Abusir that the Timotheus papyrus was found in a coffin.
Abusir: from Pliny the Elder to Google Maps
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