Cope

Definition of Cope

Pronunciation: kōpt
n.1.A covering for the head.
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.
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.
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.
v. i.1.To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
Some bending down and coping toward the earth.
- Holland.
v. t.1.(Falconry) To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk).
v. i.1.To exchange or barter.
[imp. & p. p. Coped (kōpt); p. pr. & vb. n. Coping.]
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.
- Philips.
Their generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens.
- Addison.
v. t.1.To bargain for; to buy.
2.To make return for; to requite; to repay.
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.

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