- the bed of a platen press.
- the wooden frame around the bed of an early wooden press.
verb (used with object)
Origin of coffin
Examples from the Web for coffin
Contemporary Examples of coffin
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Well, the dwarfs took pity on him and gave him the coffin, and the prince had it carried to his castle.
So Little Snow White lay in the coffin for a long, long time but did not rot.
So he asked the dwarfs to sell him the coffin with the dead Little Snow White inside.
Then they wrote her name on the coffin in gold letters and added the family name.
Historical Examples of coffin
So he lay down in the coffin but no sooner was he inside when bang!
Then he called for his servants and ordered them to throw the coffin into the Nile.
Maybe yourself and Eamon would make a coffin when the sun rises.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
They left it on her breast, in the coffin, and it went with that guilty woman to the tomb.Other Tales and Sketches
Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?Main Street
Word Origin 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.