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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coffer  \Cof"fer\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  put  into  a  coffer.  --Bacon. 
 
  2.  (Mining.)  To  secure  from  leaking,  as  a  shaft,  by  ramming 
  clay  behind  the  masonry  or  timbering.  --Raymond. 
 
  3.  To  form  with  or  in  a  coffer  or  coffers;  to  furnish  with  a 
  coffer  or  coffers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coffer  \Cof"fer\  (?;  115),  n.  [OF.  cofre,  F.  coffre,  L.  cophinus 
  basket,  fr  Gr  ?.  Cf  {Coffin},  n.] 
  1.  A  casket,  chest,  or  trunk;  especially,  one  used  for 
  keeping  money  or  other  valuables.  --Chaucer. 
 
  In  ivory  coffers  I  have  stuffed  my  crowns.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Fig.:  Treasure  or  funds;  --  usually  in  the  plural. 
 
  He  would  discharge  it  without  any  burden  to  the 
  queen's  coffers,  for  honor  sake.  --Bacon. 
 
  Hold  here  is  half  my  coffer.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Arch.)  A  panel  deeply  recessed  in  the  ceiling  of  a  vault, 
  dome,  or  portico;  a  caisson. 
 
  4.  (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. 
 
  5.  The  chamber  of  a  canal  lock;  also  a  caisson  or  a 
  cofferdam. 
 
  {Coffer  dam}.  (Engin.)  See  {Cofferdam},  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  {Coffer  fish}.  (Zo["o]l.)  See  {Cowfish}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coffer 
  n  1:  an  ornamental  sunken  panel  in  a  ceiling  or  dome  [syn:  {caisson}, 
  {lacuna}] 
  2:  a  chest  especially  for  storing  valuables 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Coffer 
  the  receptacle  or  small  box  placed  beside  the  ark  by  the 
  Philistines,  in  which  they  deposited  the  golden  mice  and  the 
  emerods  as  their  trespass-offering  (1  Sam.  6:8,  11,  15). 
 




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