verb (used with object)
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
to obtain by coaxing:
We coaxed the secret from him.
to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
verb (used without object)
to use gentle persuasion.
to seek to manipulate or persuade (someone) by tenderness, flattery, pleading, etc
(transitive) to obtain by persistent coaxing
(transitive) to work on or tend (something) carefully and patiently so as to make it function as one desires: he coaxed the engine into starting
(transitive) (obsolete) to caress
(transitive) (obsolete) to deceive
short for coaxial cable
1580s, originally in slang phrase to make a coax of, from earlier noun coax, cox, cokes “a fool, ninny, simpleton” (1560s); modern spelling is 1706. Origin obscure, perhaps related to cock (n.1). Related: Coaxed; coaxing.
noun, Electricity. 1. a cable that consists of an insulated conducting tube through which a central, insulated conductor runs, used for transmitting high-frequency telephone, telegraph, digital, or television signals. noun 1. a cable consisting of an inner insulated core of stranded or solid wire surrounded by an outer insulated flexible wire braid, used esp as […]
[koh-ak-see-uh l] /koʊˈæk si əl/ adjective 1. Also, coaxal [koh-ak-suh l] /koʊˈæk səl/ (Show IPA). having a common axis or coincident axes. 2. Geometry. 3. (of a loudspeaker) having two or more cones with their centers mounted on the same axis. /kəʊˈæksɪəl/ adjective 1. having or being mounted on a common axis 2. (geometry) (of […]
- Cock-and-bull story
[kok-uh n-boo l] /ˈkɒk ənˈbʊl/ noun 1. an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth: Don’t ask him about his ancestry unless you want to hear a cock-and-bull story. noun 1. (informal) an obviously improbable story, esp a boastful one or one used as an excuse A story that is false: “When John came home […]
[kok-uh-too, kok-uh-too] /ˈkɒk əˌtu, ˌkɒk əˈtu/ noun, plural cockatoos. 1. any of numerous large, noisy, crested parrots of the genera Cacatua, Callocephalon, Calyptorhynchus, etc., of the Australasian region, having chiefly white plumage tinged with yellow, pink, or red: popular as a pet. 2. Australian. /ˌkɒkəˈtuː; ˈkɒkəˌtuː/ noun (pl) -toos 1. any of various parrots of […]