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Definition of coffer:

  1. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables.
  2. A panel deeply recessed in the ceiling of a vault, dome, or portico; a caisson.
  3. A small opening; a small depression or cavity; a space, as a vacant space between the cells of plants, or one of the spaces left among the tissues of the lower animals, which serve in place of vessels for the circulation of the body fluids, or the cavity or sac, usually of very small size, in a mucous membrane.
  4. A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it by a raking fire.
  5. Fig.: Treasure or funds; - usually in the plural.
  6. The chamber of a canal lock; also, a caisson or a cofferdam.
  7. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a coffer or coffers.
  8. To put into a coffer.
  9. To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering.


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