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COPE, n.

1. A cover for the head.

2. A sacerdotal ornament or vestment worn in sacred ministrations. An ornament worn by chanters and subchanters, when they officiate in solemnity. It reaches from the shoulders to the feet.

3. Any thing spread or extended over the head; the arch or concave of the sky; the roof or covering of a house; the arch over a door, &c.

4. An ancient tribute due to the king or lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in some part of Derbyshire.

COPE, v.t.

1. To cover as with a cope.

2. To pare the beak or talons of a hawk.

3. To embrace.

COPE, v.i.

1. To strive or contend on equal terms, or with equal strength; to equal in combat; to match; to oppose with success.

The Generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens.

Till Luther rose, no power could cope with the pope.

He was too open and direct in his conduct, and possessed too little management-to cope with so cool and skillful an adversary.

2. To contend; to strive or struggle; to combat.

Host copd with host, dire was the din of war.

3. To encounter; to interchange kindness or sentiments.

4. To make return; to reward.

5. To exchange, or barter. [Not in use.]



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COPE, n.

1. A cover for the head.

2. A sacerdotal ornament or vestment worn in sacred ministrations. An ornament worn by chanters and subchanters, when they officiate in solemnity. It reaches from the shoulders to the feet.

3. Any thing spread or extended over the head; the arch or concave of the sky; the roof or covering of a house; the arch over a door, &c.

4. An ancient tribute due to the king or lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in some part of Derbyshire.

COPE, v.t.

1. To cover as with a cope.

2. To pare the beak or talons of a hawk.

3. To embrace.

COPE, v.i.

1. To strive or contend on equal terms, or with equal strength; to equal in combat; to match; to oppose with success.

The Generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens.

Till Luther rose, no power could cope with the pope.

He was too open and direct in his conduct, and possessed too little management-to cope with so cool and skillful an adversary.

2. To contend; to strive or struggle; to combat.

Host copd with host, dire was the din of war.

3. To encounter; to interchange kindness or sentiments.

4. To make return; to reward.

5. To exchange, or barter. [Not in use.]

COPE, n. [W. côb; Sax. cæppe; D. kap; Dan. kappe, kaabe; Sw. kappa or kåpa; Fr. chape, whence chapeau, a hat; Sp. capa; It. cappa; Port. capa.]

  1. A cover for the head.
  2. A sacerdotal ornament or vestment worn in sacred ministrations. An ornament worn by chanters and subchanters when they officiate in solemnity. It reaches from the shoulders to the feet.
  3. Any thing spread or extended over the head; the arch or concave of the sky; the roof or covering of a house; the arch over a door, &c.
  4. An ancient tribute due to the king or lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in some part of Derbyshire. – Encyc.

COPE, v.i. [Dan. kiv, contention; kives, to strive; kappes, to strive, to equal, to envy; Sw. kif, strife; kifwa, to contend or quarrel; käppas, to strive, to emulate; Ar. كَنَأ kafaa, to turn back, to drive away, to thrust, to oppose, to equal; كَنَي kafai, to be sufficient, to be equal, to be like, to be a substitute. Class Gb, No. 53, 55.]

  1. To strive or contend on equal terms, or with equal strength; to equal in combat; to match; to oppose with success. Their Generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens. – Addison. Till Luther rose, no power could cope with the pope. – D. A. Clark. He was too open and direct in his conduct, and possessed too little management, to cope with so cool and skillful an adversary. – Wirt.
  2. To contend; to strive or struggle; to combat. Host cop'd with host, dire was the din of war. – Philips.
  3. To encounter; to interchange kindness or sentiments. – Shak.
  4. To make return; to reward. [Obs.] – Shak.
  5. To exchange or barter. [Not in use.] – Bailey.

COPE, v.t.

  1. To cover as with a cope. – Addison.
  2. To pare the beak or talons of a hawk. – Bailey.
  3. To embrace. [Obs.] – Shak.

Cope
  1. A covering for the head.

    [Obs.] Johnson.
  2. To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.

    [Obs.]

    Some bending down and coping toward the earth.
    Holland.

  3. To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk).

    J. H. Walsh.
  4. To exchange or barter.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. To bargain for; to buy.

    [Obs.]
  6. Anything regarded as extended over the head, as the arch or concave of the sky, the roof of a house, the arch over a door.

    "The starry cope of heaven." Milton.
  7. To encounter] to meet; to have to do with.

    Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man
    As e'er my conversation coped withal.
    Shak.

  8. To make return for; to requite; to repay.

    [Obs.]

    three thousand ducats due unto the Jew,
    We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
    Shak.

  9. An ecclesiastical vestment or cloak, semicircular in form, reaching from the shoulders nearly to the feet, and open in front except at the top, where it is united by a band or clasp. It is worn in processions and on some other occasions.

    Piers plowman.

    A hundred and sixty priests all in their copes.
    Bp. Burnet.

  10. To enter into or maintain a hostile contest; to struggle; to combat; especially, to strive or contend on equal terms or with success; to match; to equal; -- usually followed by with.

    Host coped with host, dire was the din of war.
    Philips.

    Their generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens.
    Addison.

  11. To match one's self against; to meet; to encounter.

    I love to cope him in these sullen fits.
    Shak.

    They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down.
    Shak.

  12. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
  13. The top part of a flask or mold; the outer part of a loam mold.

    Knight. De Colange.
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Cope

COPE, noun

1. A cover for the head.

2. A sacerdotal ornament or vestment worn in sacred ministrations. An ornament worn by chanters and subchanters, when they officiate in solemnity. It reaches from the shoulders to the feet.

3. Any thing spread or extended over the head; the arch or concave of the sky; the roof or covering of a house; the arch over a door, etc.

4. An ancient tribute due to the king or lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in some part of Derbyshire.

COPE, verb transitive

1. To cover as with a cope

2. To pare the beak or talons of a hawk.

3. To embrace.

COPE, verb intransitive

1. To strive or contend on equal terms, or with equal strength; to equal in combat; to match; to oppose with success.

The Generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens.

Till Luther rose, no power could cope with the pope.

He was too open and direct in his conduct, and possessed too little management-to cope with so cool and skillful an adversary.

2. To contend; to strive or struggle; to combat.

Host copd with host, dire was the din of war.

3. To encounter; to interchange kindness or sentiments.

4. To make return; to reward.

5. To exchange, or barter. [Not in use.]

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