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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun brass:


The word brass is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun brass

What does brass mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: brasses

  1. an alloy of copper and zinc
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • more generic term: copper-base alloy = any alloy whose principal component is copper
    • more specific terms:
    • substance: atomic number 29 / copper / Cu = a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses
  2. 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
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of brass: brass instrument
    • more generic terms: wind / wind instrument = a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath
    • more specific terms:
      • baritone horn / baritone = the second lowest brass wind instrument
      • sousaphone / bass horn / tuba = the lowest brass wind instrument
      • bugle = a brass instrument without valves
      • clarion = a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
      • trumpet / cornet / trump / horn = a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone
      • fluegelhorn / flugelhorn = a brass instrument resembling a cornet but with a wider bore
      • French horn / horn = a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
      • saxhorn = any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
      • trombone = a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide
    • part: valve = device in a brass wind instrument for varying the length of the air column to alter the pitch of a tone
  3. the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something
  4. impudent aggressiveness
  5. an ornament or utensil made of brass
  6. the section of a band or orchestra that plays brass instruments
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of brass: brass section
    • more generic word: section = a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
    • more specific term: trumpet section = the section of a band or orchestra that plays trumpets or cornets
  7. a memorial made of brass

Alternative definition of the noun brass


  1. [uncountable] A metallic alloy of copper and zinc used in many industrial and plumbing applications.
  2. [countable, music] A class of wind instruments, usually made of metal (such as brass), that use vibrations of the player's lips to produce sound.
  3. Spent shell casings (usually made of brass); the part of the cartridge left over after bullets have been fired.
  4. [uncountable] The colour of brass.
  5. [uncountable, used as a singular or plural noun, military] High-ranking officers.
  6. [uncountable, informal] A brave or foolhardy attitude.
  7. [slang, dated] Money.
  8. Inferior composition.
  9. [uncountable, slang] Brass in pocket; money.
  10. [countable, slang] A brass nail; a prostitute.

Definition of the adjective brass

What does brass mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. Of the colour of brass.
  2. [informal] Impertinent, bold: brazen.
  3. [slang] Bad, annoying; as wordplay applied especially to brass instruments.
  4. Of inferior composition.
  5. [slang] Brass monkey; cold.


  1. "Brass" a.k.a. "Venkalam" is a 1993 Malayalam movie directed by Bharathan and written by A. K. Lohithadas. The movie features Murali, Manoj K. Jayan and Urvashi in the lead roles.
  2. "Brass" is a 1923 silent film romance produced and distributed by Warner Brothers. It was directed by Sidney A. Franklin. This movie starred Monte Blue, Marie Prevost and Irene Rich. The well regarded film survives in 16mm format.
  3. "Brass" is a film, directed by Corey Allen.
  4. "Brass" is a film, written by Keith Patrick.


  1. "Brass": Yet another precocious accounting of the self-destructive sexual addiction/exploration of a young female teenager in Britain with many members of both sexes.
    • author: Helen Walsh
    • genre: Erotica
    • subjects: Sexual addiction, Unsafe sex, Drug culture, Street prostitution, Nightclub
    • released in (12 years ago)
  2. "Brass" is a book by Robert J. Conley.
    • genres: Horror, Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • subjects: Horror, Folklore
    • copyright: 1999-04
  3. "Brass" is a book by J. H. Prynne.
  4. "Brass" is a book by Charles Gilman Norris.
    • also known as "Brass: a novel of marriage"


Brass is a board game set in Lancashire, England during the Industrial Revolution. It was developed by Martin Wallace. The object is to build mines, cotton factories, ports, canals and rail links, and establish trade routes, all of which will be used to score points. The game is divided into two historical periods: the canal period and the rail period. Victory points are scored at the end of each. Depending on the card the player draws, he or she will be limited in the choices they make.

  • award: - Meeples' Choice Award


  1. Brass is a fictional mutant character in the Marvel Comics Universe. His first appearance was in Marvel Comics Presents #65.
    • occupation: Martial artist
  2. Brass a.k.a. Gramps Brass is a fictional character from the 1991 anime television series Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken.
  3. Brass is a fictional character from the 1937 drama romance sports film Racing Lady.

There are other characters with in their name, like Axel Brass.


  1. "Brass" is a 2005 album by the video game music/progressive rock group Minibosses.
  2. "Brass" is a musical album of Royal Bangs.
    • released on
  3. "Brass" is a musical album of Daniel Schnyder.
    • released in (10 years ago)


Who is Brass?

Brass a.k.a. Greg Joseph is an actor.


BRASS is an Aviation waypoint, Geocode.


  1. brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties. It is a substitutional alloy: atoms of the two constituents may replace each other within the same crystal structure.
  2. Brass was a British television comedy-drama, made by Granada Television for ITV and eventually Channel 4.

Phrases with Brass

Phrases starting with the word Brass:

  1. brass hat
  2. Brass Rat
  3. brass band
  4. Brass Neck
  5. brass ring
  6. Brass-Band
  7. Brass-Neck
  8. brass family
  9. brass knucks
  10. brass monkey
  11. Brass-Balled
  12. Brass-Necked

Phrases ending with the word Brass:

  1. low brass
  2. red brass
  3. top brass
  4. high brass
  5. alpha brass
  6. German Brass
  7. antique brass
  8. bearing brass

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Brass

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Google previewAncient Metals (2011)

Microstructure and Metallurgy by David A. Scott

Common brass, or rivet brass is a 37% zinc 63% copper alloy, and often used for cheap castings and cold-worked sheet. Leaded brass: this is an alpha-beta...

Google previewThe Magic of Crystals and Gems (2017)

Unlocking the Supernatural Power of Stones by Cerridwen Greenleaf

Brass is the result of combining copper and zinc. You may be surprised...

Google previewJimmy Brass - 2nd Grade Detective (2014)

by Jake Dickerman

Jimmy Brass is a freelance detective with a very particular clientel: fellow second graders.

Google previewAudio Reality (1999)

Myths Debunked, Truths Revealed by Bruce Rozenblit

Brass is a very old and useful alloy. It consists of copper with a 35 to 40 percent tin content.

Google previewInterior Design Materials and Specifications (2012)

by Lisa Godsey

Materials commonly used for plating include the following: • Brass is a durable, long-lasting metal alloy that holds up to heavy use. It is costly initially because it is a costly material and requires complicated manufacturing pro- cesses.

Google previewHow to Build Dioramas (1999)

by Sheperd Paine

Brass is the ideal material to use when a structure calls for a framework with many curves and bends, or when you must build a delicate assembly with a lot of strength such as a "crows foot" antenna. Brass is a relatively soft metal and can be ...

Google previewA Wiccan Formulary and Herbal (2004)

by A. J. Drew

Brass is a fine material for the mortar and pestle if grinding mild herbs and also has magickal...

Generally speaking, brass is an affordable substitute for gold. Lore tells us that it encourages healing, ...

Google previewCustom Knifemaking (1985)

10 Projects from a Master Craftsman by Tim McCreight

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. Alloys containing more than 30% zinc, called high- zinc...

Brass is a good choice for knife fittings because it is inexpensive, durable, and attractive. It has the advantage of being worked with the same tools ...

Google previewThe Annual Statistician and Economist (1889)

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.; bronze of tin and copper. Gun Barrels to shoot well must not be less than 44 times diameter of bore nor more than 47 measured from the vent hole. Mortar should be so mixed with lime or cement paste that ...

Google previewThe Statistician and Economist (1902)


Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; bronze, of tin and copper. Gun Barrels to shoot well must not be less than 44 times diameter of bore noi' more than 47 measured from the vent hole. Mortar should be so mixed with lime or cement aste that ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Sculpting Techniques (2003)

by John Plowman

The pieces of X4-inch steel rod in the tail section are held in position by applying molten brass. Apply heat evenly to the area around the two pieces of steel to be joined (there should be a slight gap between them), until they reach red heat.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (1994)

by David J. Bodenhamer, Robert G. Barrows

Olin Brass (formerly Bridgeport Brass). Bridgeport Brass was founded in 1865 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and remained in that state until the early 1940s when it designed and built the Indianapolis westside plant. Bridgeport operated the ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World (2003)

VolumeII: Performance and Production by John Shepherd

Despite the enormous diversity of groupings to which the term is sometimes indiscriminately applied, a brass band can almost always be taken to be a popular music practise in which most of the practitioners are amateurs, and the musical ...

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Quotes about Brass

One bites into the brass mouthpiece of his wooden cudgel, and the other blows his cheeks out on a French horn. Do you call that Art? (Franz Schubert)
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Scrabble value of B3R1A1S1S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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