an antiquarian’s technique for copying designs from incised brass memorial slabs and the like.
a copy made by brass-rubbing.
Compare rubbing (def 2).
the taking of an impression of an engraved brass tablet or plaque by placing a piece of paper over it and rubbing the paper with graphite, heelball, or chalk
an impression made in this way
the most fundamental considerations; essentials; realities (usually used in the phrase get down to brass tacks). plural noun (informal) basic realities; hard facts (esp in the phrase get down to brass tacks)
articles made of brass. Historical Examples Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7 Various Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls Edith Van Dyne (AKA L. Frank Baum) The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 4 Various The Egyptian Cat Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
a charge to cover the costs of coining money.