Definitions for: Cope

[n] brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
[v] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cope (k[=o]p), n. [A doublet of cape. See Cape, Cap.]
1. A covering for the head. [Obs.] --Johnson.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the
lead mines in Derbyshire, England.

5. (Founding) The top part of a flask or mold; the outer part
of a loam mold. --Knight. De Colange.

Cope, v. i.
To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow. [Obs.]

Some bending down and coping toward the earth.

Cope, v. t. (Falconry)
To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk). --J. H. Walsh.

Cope, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Coped (k[=o]pt); p. pr. & vb.
n. Coping.] [OE. copen, coupen, to buy, bargain, prob. from
D. koopen to buy, orig., to bargain. See Cheap.]
1. To exchange or barter. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

Cope, v. t.
1. To bargain for; to buy. [Obs.]

2. To make return for; to requite; to repay. [Obs.]

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

3. 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.

Synonyms: contend, coping, deal, get by, grapple, header, make do, make out, manage

See Also: act, brick, cope with, cut, extemporize, fend, hack, improvise, match, meet, move, rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by, wall

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