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CO-PAR'CE-NER, n. [con and parcener, from part, Fr. partir, L. pars, or the verb partir, to divide.]

A coheir; one who has an equal portion of the inheritance of his or her ancestor with others. All the coparceners together make but one heir, and have but one estate among them. – Blackstone. Coparceners take by descent; joint-tenants, by purchase. – Blackstone.

CO-PAR'CE-NE-RY, n. [co or con, and Norm. parcenier, parcenery, See Coparcener.]

Partnership in inheritance; joint heirship; joint right of succession or joint succession to an estate of inheritance.


An equal share of an inheritance.


The same as compartment. [Not in use.] – Warton.

CO-PART'NER, n. [con and partner. See Coparcener.]

  1. One who has a share in a common stock for transacting business, or who is jointly concerned with one or more persons, in carrying on trade or other business; a partner; an associate, particularly in trade or manufactures.
  2. A sharer; a partaker; as, copartners of our loss. – Milton.


  1. Joint concern in business; a state of having a joint share in a common stock, or a joint interest and concern in business, particularly in trade and manufactures.
  2. The persons who have a joint concern.


Copartnership. [Bad and useless.]

CO'PA-TAN, n. [See Cop.]

High raised; pointed. [Not in use.] – Shak.


A joint patriot. – G. Morris.

COPE, n. [W. côb; Sax. cæppe; D. kap; Dan. kappe, kaabe; Sw. kappa or kåpa; Fr. chape, whence chapeau, a hat; Sp. capa; It. cappa; Port. capa.]

  1. A cover for the head.
  2. A sacerdotal ornament or vestment worn in sacred ministrations. An ornament worn by chanters and subchanters when they officiate in solemnity. It reaches from the shoulders to the feet.
  3. Any thing spread or extended over the head; the arch or concave of the sky; the roof or covering of a house; the arch over a door, &c.
  4. An ancient tribute due to the king or lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in some part of Derbyshire. – Encyc.

COPE, v.i. [Dan. kiv, contention; kives, to strive; kappes, to strive, to equal, to envy; Sw. kif, strife; kifwa, to contend or quarrel; käppas, to strive, to emulate; Ar. كَنَأ kafaa, to turn back, to drive away, to thrust, to oppose, to equal; كَنَي kafai, to be sufficient, to be equal, to be like, to be a substitute. Class Gb, No. 53, 55.]

  1. To strive or contend on equal terms, or with equal strength; to equal in combat; to match; to oppose with success. Their Generals have not been able to cope with the troops of Athens. – Addison. Till Luther rose, no power could cope with the pope. – D. A. Clark. He was too open and direct in his conduct, and possessed too little management, to cope with so cool and skillful an adversary. – Wirt.
  2. To contend; to strive or struggle; to combat. Host cop'd with host, dire was the din of war. – Philips.
  3. To encounter; to interchange kindness or sentiments. – Shak.
  4. To make return; to reward. [Obs.] – Shak.
  5. To exchange or barter. [Not in use.] – Bailey.

COPE, v.t.

  1. To cover as with a cope. – Addison.
  2. To pare the beak or talons of a hawk. – Bailey.
  3. To embrace. [Obs.] – Shak.

COP'ED, a.

Covered with a cope.


A chapman. [Not used.] – Shak.


Pertaining to Copernicus, a Prussian by birth, who taught the world the solar system now received, called the Copernican system.

COPES'MATE, n. [cope and mate.]

A companion or friend. [Obs.] – Hubbard.


Head or top-stone. – Scott.

CO-PHO'SIS, n. [Gr.]


COP'I-ED, pp. [See Copy.]

Taken off; written or transcribed from an original or form; imitated.

COP'I-ER, or COP'Y-IST, n.

One who copies; one who writes or transcribes from an original or form; a transcriber; an imitator; also, a plagiary. – Addison. Dryden.

COP'ING, n. [See Cope, n.]

The top or cover of a wall, made sloping to carry off the water. – 1 Kings vii. 9. A coping over, is a projecting work beveling on its under side.

COP'ING, ppr.

Striving; contending.

CO'PI-OUS, a. [Fr. copieux; It. copioso; Sp. id.; L. copiosus, from copia, abundance, Ir. coib. Qu. Ch. גבב to collect, gather, accumulate; Ar. جَبَا jabau, id. Class Gb, No. 2, 5, 55.]

  1. Abundant; plentiful; in great quantities; full; ample; furnishing full supplies. The tender heart is peace, / And kindly pours its copious treasures forth / In various converse. – Thomson.
  2. Furnishing abundant matter; not barren; rich in supplies. The redemption of man is a copious subject of contemplation. Hail, Son of God, Savior of men! thy name / Shall be the copious matter of my song. – Milton.

CO'PI-OUS-LY, adv.

  1. Abundantly; plentifully; in large quantities.
  2. Largely; fully; amply; diffusely. The remains of antiquity have been copiously described by travelers. – Addison.


  1. Abundance; plenty; great quantity; full supply.
  2. Diffusiveness of style or manner of treating a subject; as, the copiousness of Homer. – Dryden.