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English noun: brass

1. brass (substance) an alloy of copper and zinc


Broader (hypernym)copper-base alloy


Narrower (hyponym)alpha brass, alpha-beta brass, bearing brass, cartridge brass, gilding metal, guinea gold, high brass, latten, low brass, Muntz metal, ormolu, red brass, yellow metal


Substance holonymatomic number 29, copper, Cu

2. brass (artifact) a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece


Synonymsbrass instrument


Broader (hypernym)wind, wind instrument


Narrower (hyponym)baritone, baritone horn, bass horn, bugle, clarion, cornet, fluegelhorn, flugelhorn, French horn, horn, horn, saxhorn, sousaphone, trombone, trump, trumpet, tuba


Part holonymvalve

3. brass (group) the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something


SamplesHe claims that the present administration is corrupt.
The governance of an association is responsible to its members.
He quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment.


Synonymsadministration, establishment, governance, governing body, organisation, organization


Broader (hypernym)body


Narrower (hyponym)bench, county council, Curia, executive, government officials, judiciary, management, officialdom, top brass


Part holonymhierarchy, pecking order, power structure


Part meronymauthorities, government, regime


Member holonymadvisory board, planning board

4. brass (attribute) impudent aggressiveness


SamplesI couldn't believe her boldness.
He had the effrontery to question my honesty.


Synonymsboldness, cheek, face, nerve


Broader (hypernym)aggressiveness


Narrower (hyponym)audaciousness, audacity

5. brass (artifact) an ornament or utensil made of brass


Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

6. brass (group) the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments


Synonymsbrass section


Broader (hypernym)section


Narrower (hyponym)trumpet section

7. brass (artifact) a memorial made of brass


Synonymsmemorial tablet, plaque


Broader (hypernym)memorial, monument









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