cope together


3 [kohp]
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
Building Trades.
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 ).
to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
Falconry. to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).

1565–75; < French couper to cut; see cope1 Unabridged
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cope1 (kəʊp)
vb (foll by with)
1.  to contend (against)
2.  (intr) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage: she coped well with the problem
3.  archaic (tr)
 a.  to deal with
 b.  to meet in battle
[C14: from Old French coper to strike, cut, from coup blow; see coup1]

cope2 (kəʊp)
1.  a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
2.  any covering shaped like a cope
3.  (tr) to dress (someone) in a cope
[Old English cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, from Late Latin cappa hooded cloak; see cap]

cope3 (kəʊp)
1.  to provide (a wall) with a coping
2.  to join (two moulded timber members)
3.  another name for coping
[C17: probably from French couper to cut; see cope1]

COPE (kəʊp)
n acronym for
Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC

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Word Origin & History

c.1350, from O.Fr. couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning of "come to blows with" evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obs. cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flem. version of the
Gmc. source of Eng. cheap (q.v.).
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Medical Dictionary

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

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