Definition of Cuirass

1. Noun. Medieval body armor that covers the chest and back.

Definition of Cuirass

1. n. A piece of defensive armor, covering the body from the neck to the girdle

Definition of Cuirass

1. Noun. A piece of defensive armor, covering the body from the neck to the girdle. ¹

2. Noun. The breastplate taken by itself. ¹

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Definition of Cuirass

1. to cover with a type of armor [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Cuirass

1. The anterior surface of the thorax in relation to symptoms or disease changes. Origin: Fr. Cuirasse, a breastplate (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cuirass

cui bono

Literary usage of Cuirass

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1. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1859)
"cuirass, defensive armor for the body from the neck to the waist. ... The cuirass, under a variety of forms and names, was known to the ancient Greeks, ..."

2. History of Greece, and of the Greek People, from the Earliest Times to the by Victor Duruy, M. M. Ripley, John Pentland Mahaffy (1892)
"them from the clouds of father Zeus; and even as when the west wind cometh to stir a deep cornfield with violent blast, and all ANTIQUE BRONZE cuirass FOUND ..."

3. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"As this century continued to advance, the cuirass is found gradually to have come into general use, in connexion with plate defences for the limbs, until, ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1890)
"King Charles received them in person, and, learning from Hanmer that Owain loved arms above all other things, sent him a present of a gilded helmet, cuirass ..."

5. Cicero: A Sketch of His Life and Works by Hannis Taylor, Mary Lillie Taylor Hunt (1916)
"... Cicero presided in assembly with a cuirass under his toga. Catiline defeated. Cicero's defense of Murena. After second defeat Catiline cast the die. ..."

6. The Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley in Verse and Prose, Now First Brought by Robert Browning, W. Tyas Harden, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Harry Buxton Forman, William Groser (1880)
"AN OLD cuirass with all the frogs and fringe complete—a fine piece of antique dandyism. LVII. A BACCHUS BY MICHAEL ANGELO.i The countenance of this figure ..."

7. A Dictionary of the Portuguese and English Languages, in Two Parts Antonio Vieyra, Jacinto Dias do Canto by Antonio Vieyra, Jacinto Dias do Canto (1827)
"Cotidianamente, adv. daily. mo »r for the back and breast ; also a cuirassier, a horseman armed with a cuirass ; but now it means a soldier that wears a ..."

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