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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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