Definition of Chest

1. Noun. The part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates.

2. Noun. Box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy.

3. Noun. The front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen. "He beat his breast in anger"
Exact synonyms: Breast
Generic synonyms: External Body Part
Group relationships: Pectus, Thorax
Specialized synonyms: Bosom
Derivative terms: Breast

4. Noun. Furniture with drawers for keeping clothes.
Exact synonyms: Bureau, Chest Of Drawers, Dresser
Specialized synonyms: Chiffonier, Commode, Highboy, Tallboy, Lowboy
Terms within: Drawer, Shelf
Generic synonyms: Article Of Furniture, Furniture, Piece Of Furniture

Definition of Chest

1. n. A large box of wood, or other material, having, like a trunk, a lid, but no covering of skin, leather, or cloth.

2. v. i. To deposit in a chest; to hoard.

3. n. Strife; contention; controversy.

Definition of Chest

1. Noun. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A coffin. ¹

3. Noun. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury. ¹

4. Noun. A chest of drawers. ¹

5. Noun. (anatomy) The portion of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals. ¹

6. Noun. A hit or blow made with one's chest (front of the body) ¹

7. Verb. To hit with one's chest (front of one's body) ¹

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Definition of Chest

1. a part of the body [n -S] : CHESTED [adj]

Medical Definition of Chest

1. The anterior wall of the chest or thorax; the breast. See: thorax. Synonym: pectus, phthinoid. Origin: A.S. Cest, a box (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chest

chest (current term)
chest X-ray
chest breather
chest breathers
chest cavity
chest film
chest hair
chest index
chest leads
chest metastases with pneumothorax
chest of drawers
chest pain
chest physician

Literary usage of Chest

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The lower border of the Pectoralis major muscle corresponds to the fifth rib, and below this, on the front of the chest, the broad, flat outline of the ribs ..."

2. Colonial Furniture in America by Luke Vincent Lockwood (1901)
"FIGURE PAGE 8 Panelled chest with Two Drawers, last quarter seventeenth century 22 9 Carved Oak chest with Two Drawers, 1660-75 24 10 Carved and Panelled ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1919)
"chest surgery differs, however, in two important respects from most other classes of war surgery: (1) its field has been much enlarged during the war, ..."

4. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1883)
"This chest is equal in length to the bed, so that all the spouts of the ... Within and at the bottom of this chest is placed a longitudinal shaf'l, F, ..."

5. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by The American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1913)
"with the expectation that the air in the chest would be taken care of within a short time and the interference with the lung function would be of little ..."

6. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"(NED) 1764 A " chest of Draws " is advertised with other things at The word ... 1853 There's a chest of drawers to set against the door ; so you'll be free ..."

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