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cope | dead |

As a verb cope

is .

As a noun dead is




Etymology 1

From (etyl)


  • To deal effectively with something difficult.
  • I thought I would never be able to cope with life after the amputation, but I have learned how to be happy again.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 5 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Chelsea were coping comfortably as Liverpool left Luis Suarez too isolated. Steven Gerrard was also being forced to drop too deep to offer support to the beleaguered Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson rather than add attacking potency alongside the Uruguayan.}}
  • To cut and form a mitred joint in wood or metal.
  • (falconry) To clip the beak or talons of a bird.
  • Synonyms
    * (to deal effectively with) handle, manage, withstand

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • A long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • a hundred and sixty priests all in their copes
  • *1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , ch. XI:
  • *:He possessed a gorgeous cope of crimson silk and gold-thread damask, figured with a repeating pattern of golden pomegranates set in six-petalled formal blossoms, beyond which on either side was the pine-apple device wrought in seed-pearls.
  • Any covering such as a canopy or a mantle.
  • The "vault" or "canopy" of the skies, heavens etc.
  • * Milton
  • the starry cope of heaven
  • *, II.12:
  • Who perceiveth and seeth himselfe placed here,farthest from heavens coape , with those creatures, that are the worst of the three conditions; and yet dareth imaginarily place himselfe above the circle of the Moone, and reduce heaven under his feet.
  • (construction) A covering piece on top of a wall exposed to the weather, usually made of metal, masonry, or stone and sloped to carry off water.
  • (foundry) The top part of a sand casting mold.
  • (Knight)
    (De Colange)
  • An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
  • Verb

  • To cover (a joint or structure) with coping.
  • To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
  • * Holland
  • Some bending down and coping to ward the earth.

    Etymology 3


  • (obsolete) To bargain for; to buy.
  • (obsolete) To exchange or barter.
  • (Spenser)
  • (obsolete) To make return for; to requite; to repay.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Three thousand ducats due unto the Jew, / We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
  • (obsolete) To match oneself against; to meet; to encounter.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I love to cope him in these sullen fits.
  • * Shakespeare
  • They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down.
  • * Philips
  • Host coped with host, dire was the battle.
  • (obsolete) To encounter; to meet; to have to do with.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man / As e'er my conversation coped withal.
    (Webster 1913)


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  • (not comparable) No longer living.
  • All of my grandparents are dead .
  • (hyperbole) Figuratively, not alive; lacking life
  • * 1600 , (William Shakespeare), (As You Like It) , Act III, Scene 3:
  • When a man's verses cannot be understood, nor a man's good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room.
  • (of another person) So hated that they are absolutely ignored.
  • He is dead to me.
  • Without emotion.
  • She stood with dead face and limp arms, unresponsive to my plea.
  • Stationary; static.
  • the dead''' load on the floor''; ''a '''dead lift .
  • Without interest to one of the senses; dull; flat.
  • dead''' air''; ''a '''dead glass of soda .
  • Unproductive.
  • dead''' time''; '''''dead fields ; also in compounds.
  • Completely inactive; without power; without a signal.
  • OK, the circuit's dead . Go ahead and cut the wire.
    Now that the motor's dead you can reach in and extract the spark plugs.
  • (not comparable) Broken or inoperable.
  • That monitor is dead ; don’t bother hooking it up.
  • (not comparable) No longer used or required.
  • There are several dead laws still on the books regulating where horses may be hitched.
    Is this beer glass dead ?
  • (not comparable, sports) Not in play.
  • Once the ball crosses the foul line, it's dead .
  • Tagged out.
  • (not comparable) Full and complete.
  • dead''' stop''; '''''dead''' sleep''; '''''dead''' giveaway''; '''''dead silence
  • (not comparable) Exact.
  • dead''' center''; '''''dead''' aim''; ''a '''dead''' eye''; ''a '''dead level
  • Experiencing pins and needles (paresthesia).
  • After sitting on my hands for a while, my arms became dead .
  • (informal) (Certain to be) in big trouble.
  • "You come back here this instant! Oh, when I get my hands on you, you're dead , mister!"
  • Constructed so as not to transmit sound; soundless.
  • a dead floor
  • (obsolete) Bringing death; deadly.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (legal) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of property.
  • A person who is banished or who becomes a monk is civilly dead .
  • (engineering) Not imparting motion or power.
  • the dead spindle of a lathe


    * See also


    * alive * living


  • (lb) Exactly right.
  • dead''' right''; '''''dead''' level''; '''''dead''' flat''; '''''dead''' straight''; '''''dead left
    He hit the target dead in the centre.
  • (lb) Very, absolutely, extremely, suddenly.
  • dead''' wrong''; '''''dead''' set''; '''''dead''' serious''; '''''dead''' drunk''; '''''dead''' broke''; '''''dead''' earnest''; '''''dead''' certain''; '''''dead''' slow''; '''''dead''' sure''; '''''dead''' simple''; '''''dead''' honest''; '''''dead''' accurate''; '''''dead''' easy''; '''''dead''' scared''; '''''dead''' solid''; '''''dead''' black''; '''''dead''' white''; '''''dead empty ;
  • As if dead.
  • dead''' tired''; '''''dead''' quiet''; '''''dead''' asleep''; '''''dead''' pale''; '''''dead''' cold''; '''''dead still
  • * (and other bibliographic particulars) (Charles Dickens)
  • I was tired of reading, and dead sleepy.


  • (in the singular) Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense.
  • The dead''' of night.'' ''The '''dead of winter.
  • (in the plural) Those who have died.
  • Have respect for the dead .


    * (those who have died) the deceased


    (en verb)
  • (archaic) Formerly, "be dead" was used instead of "have died" as the perfect tense of "die".
  • "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead [????????] in vain." Galatians 2:21, King James Version (1611).
  • To prevent by disabling; stop.
  • * 1826 , The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Edward Reynolds, Lord Bishop of Norwich , collected by Edward Reynolds, Benedict Riveley, and Alexander Chalmers. pp. 227. London: B. Holdsworth.
  • “What a man should do, when finds his natural impotency dead him in spiritual works”
  • To make dead; to deaden; to deprive of life, force, or vigour.
  • * Chapman
  • Heaven's stern decree, / With many an ill, hath numbed and deaded me.
  • (UK, transitive, slang) To kill.
  • * 2006 , Leighanne Boyd, Once Upon A Time In The Bricks (page 178)
  • This dude at the club was trying to kill us so I deaded him, and then I had to collect from Spice.
  • * 2008 , Marvlous Harrison, The Coalition (page 106)
  • “What, you was just gonna dead him because if that's the case then why the fuck we getting the money?” Sha asked annoyed.

    Derived terms

    * better dead than red * brain dead/brain-dead * clinically dead * dead air * dead as a dodo * dead as a doorknob * dead as a doornail * dead ball * dead bat * deadbeat * dead body * dead-born/deadborn * dead cat bounce * dead center * dead code * dead donkey * dead duck * dead end * dead giveaway * deadhead * dead heat * dead horse * dead ice * dead-in-shell * dead in the water * dead language * dead last * dead leg * dead letter * deadline/dead line * dead link * deadlock * dead man/dead man's hand * dead march * dead marine * dead meat * dead men * dead metaphor * deadnettle * dead on * dead or alive * deadpan * dead president * dead reckoning * dead rubber * Dead Sea * dead serious * dead set against * dead soldier * dead space * dead sticking * dead to the world * dead tree * dead water * dead weight * deadwood * dead zone * drop dead * * leave for dead * living dead * not be caught dead * over my dead body * play dead * stop dead