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[kohp] /koʊp/
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
1.
Building Trades.
  1. to join (two molded wooden members) by undercutting the end of one of them to the profile of the other so that the joint produced resembles a miter joint (usually followed by in or together).
  2. to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
  3. to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
  4. to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
2.
Falconry. to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < French couper to cut; see cope1
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British Dictionary definitions for cope in

cope1

/kəʊp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by with. to contend (against)
2.
(intransitive) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage: she coped well with the problem
3.
(transitive) (archaic)
  1. to deal with
  2. to meet in battle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French coper to strike, cut, from coup blow; see coup1

cope2

/kəʊp/
noun
1.
a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
2.
any covering shaped like a cope
verb
3.
(transitive) to dress (someone) in a cope
Word Origin
Old English cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, from Late Latin cappa hooded cloak; see cap

cope3

/kəʊp/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (a wall) with a coping
2.
to join (two moulded timber members)
noun
3.
another name for coping
Word Origin
C17: probably from French couper to cut; see cope1

COPE

/kəʊp/
noun acronym (in South Africa)
1.
Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC
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cope

v.

late 14c., "come to blows with," from Old French couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obsolete cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flemish version of the Germanic source of English cheap. Related: Coped; coping.

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cope in in Medicine

cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.

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Encyclopedia Article for cope in

cope

liturgical vestment worn by Roman Catholic and some Anglican clergy at non-eucharistic functions. A full-length cloak formed from a semicircular piece of cloth, it is open at the front and is fastened at the breast by hooks or a brooch. It is made of silk or other rich material in various colours. Originally, a hood was attached to the neck, but this was replaced by a shield-shaped piece of material. In the 20th century the hood was restored. The cope was adapted from the cappa choralis ("choir mantle"), a black, hooded vestment worn by clergy in processions and choir services. It is known that the cope was in use by the end of the 8th century as a liturgical vestment, and by the end of the 11th century it was universally adopted.

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