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 for Brasses
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brass \Brass\, n.; pl. Brasses. [OE. bras, bres, AS. br[ae]s;
     akin to Icel. bras cement, solder, brasa to harden by fire,
     and to E. braze, brazen. Cf. 1st & 2d Braze.]
     1. An alloy (usually yellow) of copper and zinc, in variable
        proportion, but often containing two parts of copper to
        one part of zinc. It sometimes contains tin, and rarely
        other metals.
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     2. (Mach.) A journal bearing, so called because frequently
        made of brass. A brass is often lined with a softer metal,
        when the latter is generally called a white metal lining.
        See Axle box, Journal Box, and Bearing.
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     3. Coin made of copper, brass, or bronze. [Obs.]
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              Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your
              purses, nor scrip for your journey.   --Matt. x. 9.
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     4. Impudence; a brazen face. [Colloq.]
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     5. pl. Utensils, ornaments, or other articles of brass.
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              The very scullion who cleans the brasses.
                                                    --Hopkinson.
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     6. A brass plate engraved with a figure or device.
        Specifically, one used as a memorial to the dead, and
        generally having the portrait, coat of arms, etc.
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     7. pl. (Mining) Lumps of pyrites or sulphuret of iron, the
        color of which is near to that of brass.
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     Note: The word brass as used in Sculpture language is a
           translation for copper or some kind of bronze.
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     Note: Brass is often used adjectively or in self-explaining
           compounds; as, brass button, brass kettle, brass
           founder, brass foundry or brassfoundry.
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     Brass band (Mus.), a band of musicians who play upon wind
        instruments made of brass, as trumpets, cornets, etc.
  
     Brass foil, Brass leaf, brass made into very thin sheets;
        -- called also Dutch gold.
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