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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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The meeting further decided to pursue the contractor for carrying out the work round-the-clock to attain maximum progress in the intake area, before overlapping the coffer dam.
The goal was consistency in finish and color, top to bottom, and along the base of the coffers.
Alternating every other coffer with lighting and acoustical tile treatments dramatically enhanced the space's acoustical properties, Bruch says.
There can be little doubt about Boulle's authorship of the Blenheim coffer and stand and, as is often the case, one of the marquetry patterns is found on Boulle furniture of a different model, the back panel of the stand being of the same pattern as the marquetry on the back panels of the stands of two late-seventeenth-century cabinets and stands in the Louvre, which belonged in the early-eighteenth century to Jean de Jullienne, the patron of Watteau.
Coffer held on to win by four secs over the strong finishing Young, with Floyd in third.
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.
Salini is completing the foundations of the dam in concrete works and is working on the structures for the diversion of the river which will include the diversion culvert and work on the second phase of the coffer dam.
Obviously, it is time our leaders returned the funds they stole from the coffers.
EAMONN Holmes swelled the coffers of a TV company he runs by PS2million last year, accounts reveal.
The Congress party asked the Centre to stop filling its coffers by looting people of the nation and bring the 'achhe din' which it promised.
9b flowed into Oman's coffers from the United Kingdom in 2014, according to the latest figures released.