from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To contend or strive, especially on even terms or with success: coping with child rearing and a full-time job.
- intransitive v. To contend with difficulties and act to overcome them: "Facing unprecedented problems, the Federal Reserve of the early 1930s couldn't cope” ( Robert J. Samuelson).
- n. A long ecclesiastical vestment worn over an alb or surplice.
- n. A covering resembling a cloak or mantle.
- n. A coping.
- transitive v. To cover or dress in a cope.
- transitive v. To provide with coping: cope a wall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To deal effectively with something difficult.
- v. To cut and form a mitred joint in wood or metal.
- v. To clip the beak or talons of a bird.
- n. A long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.
- n. Any covering such as a canopy or a mantle.
- n. The "vault" or "canopy" of the skies, heavens etc.
- n. A covering piece on top of a wall exposed to the weather, usually made of metal, masonry, or stone and sloped to carry off water.
- n. The top part of a sand casting mold.
- v. To cover (a joint or structure) with coping.
- v. To bargain for; to buy.
- v. To make return for; to requite; to repay.
- v. To match oneself against; to meet; to encounter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A covering for the head.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
- n. The top part of a flask or mold; the outer part of a loam mold.
- intransitive v. To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
- transitive v. To pare the beak or talons of (a hawk).
- intransitive v. To exchange or barter.
- intransitive v. To encounter; to meet; to have to do with.
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To bargain for; to buy.
- transitive v. To make return for; to requite; to repay.
- transitive v. To match one's self against; to meet; to encounter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large outer garment; a cloak; a mantle.
- n. Eccles., a large mantle of silk or other material worn by priests or bishops over the alb or surplice in processions, at solemn lauds or matins, at benedictions, and on other occasions.
- n. In the University of Cambridge, England, the ermined robe worn by a doctor in the senate-house on Congregation day.
- n. Anything spread or extended over the head, as the arch or concave of the sky, the roof or covering of a house, or the arch over a door; specifically, in architecture, a coping.
- n. In founding, same as case, 10. See cut under flask.
- To provide with a cope or cloak; cover with a cloak; cloak.
- To cover as with a cope; furnish with a coping.
- In architecture, to form a cope or coping; bend as an arch or vault. The soffit of any projection is said to cope over when it slopes downward from the wall.
- To bargain for; buy.
- To make return for; reward.
- To bargain.
- To strive or contend on equal terms; meet in combat; oppose: often with a preceding negative or word of negative import, the verb then implying ‘oppose with success’: followed by with.
- To meet in contest or contention; oppose; encounter.
- n. An ancient tribute due to the king or the lord of the soil out of the lead-mines in Derbyshire, England.
- n. See coper.
- In falconry, to cut, as the beak or talons of a hawk.
- To muzzle, as a ferret, by sewing or tying up its mouth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions
- n. brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
- v. come to terms with
Middle English copen, coupen, to strike, from Old French couper, from Vulgar Latin *colpāre, from Late Latin colpus, blow; see coup.
Middle English cope, from Old English -cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, cloak, from Late Latin cappa.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English coupen, from Old French couper ("to strike" or "to cut") (Wiktionary)
From Latin capa ("cape") (Wiktionary)