Crossword clues for coffin
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coffin \Cof"fin\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coffined; p. pr. & vb. n. Coffining.] To inclose in, or as in, a coffin.
Would'st thou have laughed, had I come coffined home?
Devotion is not coffined in a cell.
--John Hall (1646).
Coffin \Cof"fin\ (?; 115), n. [OE., a basket, receptacle, OF. cofin, fr. L. cophinus. See Coffer, n.]
The case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial.
They embalmed him [Joseph], and he was put in a coffin.
--Gen. 1. 26.
A basket. [Obs.]
--Wyclif (matt. xiv. 20).
A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie.
Of the paste a coffin I will rear.
A conical paper bag, used by grocers. [Obs.]
(Far.) The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone.
Coffin bone, the foot bone of the horse and allied animals, inclosed within the hoof, and corresponding to the third phalanx of the middle finger, or toe, of most mammals.
Coffin joint, the joint next above the coffin bone.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 14c., "chest or box for valuables," from Old French cofin "sarcophagus," earlier "basket, coffer" (12c., Modern French coffin), from Latin cophinus "basket, hamper" (source of Italian cafano, Spanish cuebano "basket"), from Greek kophinos "a basket," which is of uncertain origin.\n
\nFuneral sense in English is 1520s; before that it was the literal Latin one and had also a meaning of "pie crust" (late 14c.). Meaning "vehicle regarded as unsafe" is from 1830s. Coffin nail "cigarette" is slang from 1880; nail in (one's) coffin "thing that contributes to one's death" is from 1792.
n. 1 An oblong closed box in which a dead person is bury. 2 (context obsolete English) A basket. 3 A casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie. 4 (context obsolete English) A conical paper bag, used by grocers. 5 The hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone. vb. (context transitive English) To place in a coffin.
n. box in which a corpse is buried or cremated [syn: casket]
v. place into a coffin; "her body was coffined"
The word took two different paths, cofin in Old French originally meaning basket, became coffin in English and became couffin in modern French which nowadays means a cradle. A distinction is often made between coffin and casket: the latter is generally understood to denote a four-sided (almost always rectangular) funerary box, while a coffin is usually six sided. However, coffins having a one-piece side with a curve at the shoulder instead of a join are more commonly used in the United Kingdom (UK).
Coffin is an Anglo-Norman surname.
The House of Coffin is an ancient English family which originated in Normandy, France. The Coffins have held a number of manors, the most notable of which is Portledge in Devon, England, which they held for over nine centuries. The progenitor of the American Coffins was Tristram Coffin, a Royalist, who came to Massachusetts from Devonshire in 1642. He was the original proprietor of Nantucket. The American branch is one of the Boston Brahmin, a group of elite families based in and around Boston. Many American Coffins are or were Quakers.
The Coffin family were a group of whalers operating out of Nantucket, Massachusetts from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Some members of the family gained wider exposure due to their discovery of various islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Coffin is a box for interring a corpse.
Coffin may refer to:
- Coffin (surname)
- The Coffin, 2008 Thai horror film
- Coffin (2011 film), 2011 horror film
- Coffin (whaling family), a historic group of Nantucket whalers
- "Coffin" (song), a song by Black Veil Brides
Coffin is a 2011 thriller film starring Kevin Sorbo and Bruce Davison.
Usage examples of "coffin".
The tomb is recessed in the wall of the aisle, and consists of a lower storey for the coffin with a flat top, with a front of open stone work in eight divisions, each containing a quatrefoil.
Though Ther-midorian stories of sans-culottes playing skittles with the bones of the Valois and the Bourbons were probably apocryphal, a painting by Hubert Robert, that connoisseur of ruins, certainly shows coffins being lifted from their graves and stones being overturned and removed.
He then recounted to Arabin once more how he had been chased by men with coffins, and likewise how effectually he had done up one of his pursuers.
I have had, and am making up a boquet for each one, of the flowers I remember best on those days, in order that you and George may put them in my coffin.
The tumult of luxury entertained him: the blasts of chypre from the birds, the hissing farthingales and Hainault lace, the net stockings and gem stuck pumps, the headdresses starched and spangled and meshed and fluted, the plucked eyebrows and frizzled hair, the lynx, genet and Calabrian sable stinking in the wet, the gauzy cache-nez drawn over nose and chin in the gardens and referred to in the careless vulgarity of the mode as coffins a roupies.
He flinched as a frothing comber approached but it went by and over it and when the wave had gone the coffin had vanished.
To human eyes, a Calvin cycler was a shiny metal coffin built for a minivan: to the botfly it was a muted tangle of EM emissions.
He took a deep breath, let it out slowly, opened the datacom, snapped it immediately shut, and then, at last, opened it once more, gingerly, as though lifting the lid on a coffin.
There, in the coffin lay no longer the foul Thing that we had so dreaded and grown to hate that the work of her destruction was yielded as a privilege to the one best entitled to it, but Lucy as we had seen her in life, with her face of unequalled sweetness and purity.
His embarkation was clandestine: and, if we may credit a tale of the princess Anne, he passed the hostile sea closely secreted in a coffin.
The three portly-looking gentlemen whose grog-blossomed visages speak their love of the good things of this world are the Admirals Scott and Hope, and that facetious of all funny senators, Sir Isaac Coffin.
Mademoiselle de Fontanges lay in her coffin, recovering from her confinement.
Gloria caught a glimpse of honey-varnished wood and yellow freesias as the coffin slid between black jackets into the open back.
He looks down into her grave and watches the yellow freesias on the lid of her coffin disappear under the red soil.
We walk through the godown to the back, where there is a narrow iron stair, and up above the lights he opens a door on a room like a coffin, a little more than a meter high, the same wide.