coping

[koh-ping]
noun
1.
a finishing or protective course or cap to an exterior masonry wall or the like.
2.
a piece of woodwork having its end shaped to fit together with a molding.

Origin:
1595–1605; cope2 + -ing1

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cope

1 [kohp]
verb (used without object), coped, coping.
1.
to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually followed by with ): I will try to cope with his rudeness.
2.
to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner: After his breakdown he couldn't cope any longer.
3.
Archaic. to come into contact; meet (usually followed by with ).
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
4.
British Informal. to cope with.
5.
Obsolete. to come into contact with; encounter.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English coupen < Anglo-French, Old French couper to strike, derivative of coup coup1

copeless, adjective
copelessness, noun


1. wrestle, strive, persevere.

cope

2 [kohp]
noun
1.
a long mantle, especially of silk, worn by ecclesiastics over the alb or surplice in processions and on other occasions.
2.
any cloaklike or canopylike covering.
3.
the sky.
4.
a coping.
5.
Metallurgy. the upper half of a flask. Compare drag ( def 31 ).
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
6.
to furnish with or as if with a cope or coping.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin cāpa, variant of cappa cap1

cope

3 [kohp]
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
1.
Building Trades.
a.
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 ).
b.
to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
c.
to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
d.
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:
1565–75; < French couper to cut; see cope1

cope

4 [kohp]
verb (used with object), coped, coping. British.
to barter; trade; exchange.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English copen < Low German; compare Middle Dutch côpen to buy

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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)
 
n
1.  a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
2.  any covering shaped like a cope
 
vb
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)
 
vb
1.  to provide (a wall) with a coping
2.  to join (two moulded timber members)
 
n
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

coping (ˈkəʊpɪŋ)
 
n
Also called: cope the sloping top course of a wall, usually made of masonry or brick

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cope
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.).

coping
c.1600 as an architectural term, from cope (n.), the cape-like vestment worn by priests (14c.), a variant of cape.
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cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.

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