(of a person) deal effectively with something difficult:
his ability to cope with stress.
(of a machine or system) have the capacity to deal successfully with:
the roads are barely adequate to cope with the present traffic.
a long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.
∎ technical or poetic/lit.
a thing resembling or likened to a cloak:
the bay and the square were a seamless cope.
v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (coped)
(in building) cover (a joint or structure) with a coping.
long cloak or cape (esp. eccl.) XIII; ‘canopy’ of night, heaven XIV; outer mould in founding XIX. ME. cāpe
, repr. OE. -cāp
= ON. kápa
— medL. cāpa
, var. of cappa
(whence F. chape
; cf. CAP
top stone of a building XVI; whence prob. cope
vb. cover (a wall) with a head stone XVII; coping
uppermost course of masonry or brickwork XVII; see -ING 1
Top course (capping
) of masonry, brick, etc., usually sloping, of a chimney
, parapet, or wall, formed of cap-stones
, or coping-stones
to throw off water. Feather-edged
coping is thinner on one side than on the other, and saddle-back
coping has a triangular section with a ridge.
, cope, dope, elope, grope, hope, interlope, lope, mope, nope, ope, pope, rope, scope, slope, soap, taupe, tope, trope
•myope • telescope • periscope
•stereoscope • bioscope • stroboscope
•kaleidoscope • CinemaScope
•gyroscope • microscope • horoscope
•stethoscope • antelope • envelope
•zoetrope • skipping-rope • tightrope
•towrope • heliotrope • lycanthrope
•philanthrope • thaumatrope