copper

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noun (1)

cop·​per ˈkä-pər How to pronounce copper (audio)
plural coppers
often attributive
1
: a metallic chemical element that is easily formed into sheets and wires and is one of the best known conductors of heat and electricity see Chemical Elements Table
2
: a coin or token made of copper or bronze
3
chiefly British : a large boiler (as for cooking)
4
: any of a subfamily (Lycaeninae of the family Lycaenidae) of small butterflies with usually copper-colored wings

copper

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verb

coppered; coppering ˈkä-p(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce copper (audio)

transitive verb

: to coat or sheathe with or as if with copper

copper

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noun (2)

plural coppers

Examples of copper in a Sentence

Noun (2) a crime novel set in the days when policemen were coppers and safecrackers were "yeggs"
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In metallurgy, there are standardized numbers indicating copper content, with N1 indicating straight-up yellow gold and higher numbers indicating more and more copper. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 13 May 2024 After initially using copper for tools, humans turned to the more durable bronze, created by smelting copper along with tin and other metals. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 10 May 2024 By contrast, copper production in the U.S. is falling. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2024 According to the University of Washington, metals like aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, lead, tin, and zinc can melt at temperatures below 2,000 degrees. Evan Moore, Charlotte Observer, 6 May 2024 The actor had long, copper hair that contrasted her denim Zac Posen gown. Annie Blay, Allure, 6 May 2024 The document—which scandalized the country after it was leaked to the press in 1986—was a major factor in a 1991 rule designed to minimize the amount of lead and copper in drinking water. TIME, 2 May 2024 Efforts to more effectively recycle aluminum, copper, and other resources found in mounding e-waste could also potentially help build out future batteries with less intensive mining. Mack Degeurin, Popular Science, 1 May 2024 Rejecting an Industrial Road: The Interior Department is expected to deny permission for a 211-mile industrial road to a large copper deposit through the fragile Alaskan wilderness, handing a victory to environmentalists in an election year. Coral Davenport, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English coper, from Old English, from Late Latin cuprum copper, from Latin (aes) Cyprium, literally, Cyprian metal

Noun (2)

cop entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of copper was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Copper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copper. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

copper

1 of 2 noun
cop·​per ˈkäp-ər How to pronounce copper (audio)
1
: a reddish metallic element that is one of the best conductors of heat and electricity see element
2
: a copper or bronze coin
3
chiefly British : a large copper kettle or boiler
4
: any of various small butterflies with usually copper-colored wings
coppery
ˈkäp-(ə-)rē
adjective

copper

2 of 2 noun

Medical Definition

copper

noun
cop·​per ˈkäp-ər How to pronounce copper (audio)
often attributive
: a common reddish metallic element that is ductile and malleable and one of the best conductors of heat and electricity
symbol Cu
see Chemical Elements Table
coppery adjective

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