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1. an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc.
2. a watertight box or chamber
a. short for cofferdam
b. a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit


A recessed box-like panel in a ceiling or vault, usually square, but often octagonal or lozenge-shaped, sometimes dressed with simple moldings or elaborately ornamented.

coffer, lacunar

1.One panel in coffering.
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Salini is working to complete phase 2 of the coffer dam to protect the working area on the left side from the passage of the river which is foreseen for next January," in anticipation of the rain season .
At one point in the specification phase, the word 'flawless' came up for the coffer finish.
My Daddy Cooks: 100 Fresh New Recipes For The Whole Family by Nick Coffer (Hodder, pounds 16.
Many coffers feature in our sales at Peter Francis Auctioneers and vary in price from pounds 3,200 for a very large one in poor condition to pounds 33,000 and upwards for fine examples.
At the finish, Coffer had a four-second advantage over Young, with another Morpeth runner, Ross Floyd, finishing a similar distance back in third place.
Coffer stretched his lead at one time to 60m over Jonathan Young of Morpeth (eighth in 2003), who was followed by clubmate Ross Floyd and Durham's Michael Crawley.
The initial leader trench dug along that side of the site of the coffer dam next to the river, to facilitate its erection, seems to have gone as low as the ship remains without collapsing.
The fund currently has around $55 million in its coffers, while Christiana Figueres, the head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has called for an initial capitalization of $10 billion by the end of the year.
The charity is now pushing forward with the help of Publicity Seekers PR to raise awareness of bowel cancer and boost its coffers further.
Foreign Minister Makiko Tanaka also decided to pay back to state coffers one month's worth of her allowance as a cabinet minister -- 508,840 yen -- to take responsibility for the fund misuse.