- the bed of a platen press.
- the wooden frame around the bed of an early wooden press.
verb (used with object)
Origin of coffin
Definition for coffin (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for coffin
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.
Well, the dwarfs took pity on him and gave him the coffin, and the prince had it carried to his castle.
Then they wrote her name on the coffin in gold letters and added the family name.
The auction house procured the coffin through a Dallas funeral home.Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the wake, Maria parked the wheelchair next to the coffin, the CD player in the seat as if he were ready to roll.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won|Michael Daly|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He closed her eyes himself, and followed her coffin to the churchyard.Complete Short Works|Georg Ebers
The body, after remaining suspended the usual time, was put into a coffin, and delivered to his friends.
A tradition still lingers that those who bore the coffin to the grave solemnly affirmed that it was empty and the body gone.Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland|Daniel Scott
The coffin had an inscription upon it, which showed that it had once contained the body of a king.Ancient Egypt|George Rawlinson
The funeral was over, the last word of the service spoken, the first shovel of earth flung rattling on to the coffin.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for coffin
Word Origin for coffin
Word Origin and History for coffin
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," of uncertain origin.
Funeral 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.