coffer

[kaw-fer, kof-er]
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; Middle English cofre < Old FrenchLatin cophinus basket; see coffin

cofferlike, adjective
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coffer (ˈkɒfə)
 
n
1.  a chest, esp for storing valuables
2.  (usually plural) a store of money
3.  caisson, Also called: lacuna an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
4.  a watertight box or chamber
5.  a.  short for cofferdam
 b.  a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit
 
vb
6.  to store, as in a coffer
7.  to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers
 
[C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos]

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Word Origin & History

coffer
mid-13c., from O.Fr. cofre "a chest," from L. cophinus "basket" (see coffin).
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Coffer definition


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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Example sentences
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.
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