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coping (plural copings)

  1. (architecture) The top layer of a brick wall, especially one that slopes in order to throw off water.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, Nobody, chapter I:
      Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with (by way of local colour) on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust [].
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “28”, in Babbitt:
      He stood a moment at the coping, looking over a land of hard little bungalows with abnormally large porches, and new apartment-houses, small, but brave with variegated brick walls and terra-cotta trimmings.
  2. (psychology) The process of managing taxing circumstances, expending effort to solve personal and interpersonal problems, and seeking to master, minimize, reduce or tolerate stress or conflict.
  3. (falconry) Clipping the beak or talons of a bird.




  1. present participle of cope