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coffer

[kaw-fer, kof-er] /ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ər/
noun
1.
a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
2.
coffers, a treasury; funds:
The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.
3.
any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam.
4.
Also called caisson, lacunar. Architecture. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
verb (used with object)
5.
to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
6.
to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English cofre < Old FrenchLatin cophinus basket; see coffin
Related forms
cofferlike, adjective
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Examples for coffer
  • The fund for stimulus is nothing but the recollected money being held at the government's coffer.
  • The diversion pump system will be stopped and the upstream coffer dam will slowly be breached.
  • Contractor will remove what is remaining of the coffer dam downstream from the stilling basin.
  • At this point the steel sheet piling was removed and an earthen coffer dam was placed downstream of the structure.
  • The area between earthen coffer dam and the old structure was then dewatered.
  • The material excavated from the tunnels was used to make the coffer dam.
British Dictionary definitions for coffer

coffer

/ˈkɒfə/
noun
1.
a chest, esp for storing valuables
2.
(usually pl) a store of money
3.
Also called caisson, lacuna. an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
4.
a watertight box or chamber
5.
  1. short for cofferdam
  2. a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit
verb (transitive)
6.
to store, as in a coffer
7.
to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos
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Word Origin and History for coffer
n.

mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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coffer in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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