What is coffin?

  • (verb): Place into a coffin.
    Example: "Her body was coffined"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A coffin is a funerary box used in the display and containment of dead people, either for burial or cremation.

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Levi Coffin House
... The Levi Coffin House is a National Historic Landmark located in present-day Fountain City, Indiana ... Levi Coffin, and his wife Catharine, helped as many as 2,000 former slaves escape to freedom in the free states and Canada during the 20 years that they lived in the house ... The Coffins were Quakers, a denomination that led in the fight against slavery ...
Coffin (torture)
... The Coffin was a type of torture developed in the Middle Ages ... The time spent inside of the "coffin" was determined by the crime for which the person had been convicted ... For example, if the person was a blasphemer, he or she would die in the coffin ...
Coffin - Industry
... Traditionally, in the Western world, a coffin was made, when required, by the village carpenter, and he would frequently manage the whole funeral ... if a pauper's funeral was paid for by the parish, the coffin might have been made of the cheapest, thinnest possible pine ... At the other extreme, a coffin bought privately by a wealthy individual might have used yew or mahogany with a fine lining, plated fittings and brass decorations, topped ...
Lyn Coffin - External Links
... Coffin's entry in PoetsWest Directory of Northwest Poets Coffin's entry at SeattlePoetPopulist.org Bio of Coffin at bigbridge.com ...
Skelmorlie Aisle - History - The Montgomerie Tomb
... A third coffin within the tomb is said to be that of Sir Hugh Montgomerie of Eaglesham, a hero of the Battle of Otterburn ... Sir Robert's coffin is especially long and much of the lead on the bottom of the coffin is missing, supposedly taken by local fishermen who believed that lead weights made from it would result in a ...

More definitions of "coffin":

  • (noun): Box in which a corpse is buried or cremated.
    Synonyms: casket

Famous quotes containing the word coffin:

    Not a flower, not a flower sweet
    On my black coffin let there be strewn.
    Not a friend, not a friend greet
    My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.
    A thousand thousand sighs to save,
    Lay me, O, where
    Sad true lover never find my grave,
    To weep there.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Ashtrays to cry into,
    the suffering brother of the wood walls,
    the forty-eight keys of the typewriter
    each an eyeball that is never shut,
    the books, each a contestant in a beauty contest,
    the black chair, a dog coffin made of Naugahyde....
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    I would say it was the coffin of a midget
    Or a square baby
    Were there not such a din in it.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)