Coffer Cof"fer (?; 115), n. [OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus basket, fr. Gr. ?. Cf. {Coffin}, n.] 1. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

In ivory coffers I have stuffed my crowns. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Treasure or funds; -- usually in the plural. [1913 Webster]

He would discharge it without any burden to the queen's coffers, for honor sake. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Hold, here is half my coffer. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Arch.) A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson. [1913 Webster]

4. (Fort.) A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it by a raking fire. [1913 Webster]

5. The chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a cofferdam. [1913 Webster]

{Coffer dam}. (Engin.) See {Cofferdam}, in the Vocabulary.

{Coffer fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Cowfish}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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