- a finishing or protective course or cap to an exterior masonry wall or the like.
- a piece of woodwork having its end shaped to fit together with a molding.
Origin of coping
- to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually followed by with): I will try to cope with his rudeness.
- to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner: After his breakdown he couldn't cope any longer.
- Archaic. to come into contact; meet (usually followed by with).
- British Informal. to cope with.
- Obsolete. to come into contact with; encounter.
Origin of cope1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for cope on Thesaurus.com
- to furnish with or as if with a cope or coping.
Origin of cope2
- Building Trades.
- to join (two molded wooden members) by undercutting the end of one of them to the profile of the other so that the joint produced resembles a miter joint (usually followed by in or together).
- to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
- to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
- to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
- Falconry. to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).
Origin of cope3
- to barter; trade; exchange.
Origin of cope4
Examples from the Web for coping
Coping with drought and marginal soils was a continual struggle.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
Coping will be more difficult next time, and with the way this war is heading, there will be many next times.Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age
July 29, 2014
Four years after its emergence as a political force, the Tea Party is now coping with its adolescence.With Incumbents To Protect, The Tea Party Is Now Playing Defense
March 20, 2014
All of those interviewed suggested various ways of coping with the social stigma of ending a family relationship.Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?
January 2, 2014
I was on a bad path/I did too many drugs/ felt like coping on my own when all I needed was a hug.The Best Lyrics From Daniel Day-Lewis’s Son’s Rap Song
November 20, 2013
See to that great stone from the coping which hath fallen upon the bridge.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The wall being low, he was able to rest his elbows on the coping.
She raised her head, thinking he was on the coping of the wall.
For all the world she would not have liked them to catch him astride the coping of the wall.
It was little Esther Tidditt who laid the coping of the dividing wall.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- the sloping top course of a wall, usually made of masonry or brickAlso called: cope
- (intr foll by with) to contend (against)
- (intr) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manageshe coped well with the problem
- (tr) archaic
- to deal with
- to meet in battle
- a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
- any covering shaped like a cope
- (tr) to dress (someone) in a cope
- to provide (a wall) with a coping
- to join (two moulded timber members)
- another name for coping
- Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC
Word Origin and History for coping
c.1600 as an architectural term, from cope (n.), the cape-like vestment worn by priests (14c.), a variant of cape. Coping saw attested by 1931.
late 14c., "come to blows with," from Old French couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obsolete cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flemish version of the Germanic source of English cheap. Related: Coped; coping.
- To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.