breast

noun
\ˈbrest \

Definition of breast 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult human females and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged

2a : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen

b : the part of an article of clothing covering the breast

3 : the seat of emotion and thought : bosom

4a : something (such as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast

b : face sense 6

breast

verb
breasted; breasting; breasts

Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to contend with resolutely : confront breasting the waves

2 chiefly British : climb, ascend

3 : to thrust the chest against the sprinter breasted the tape

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Other Words from breast

Noun

breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for breast

Synonyms: Noun

belly, blood, bone(s), bosom, core, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soul

Synonyms: Verb

beard, brave, brazen, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

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Examples of breast in a Sentence

Noun

My breast heaved with emotion. a bird with an orange breast I ordered the grilled breast of chicken. a few slices of turkey breast Do you prefer a breast or a leg?

Verb

I was at the race's finish line to see the winner breast the tape. breasted the diagnosis of cancer with fortitude and optimism
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

These drugs are used in treatments of cystic fibrosis, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast cancer, and other cancers. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Feds: 4 ex-Genentech scientists stole from biotech giant to help startup," 30 Oct. 2018 Making breast cancer screening available to everyone. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 This weekend, many of those same pundits condemned the White House’s crusade against breast feeding in nearly identical terms. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "It’s Normal for the U.S. to Put Corporate Profits Above Babies’ Health," 10 July 2018 About 30 years ago, Nestle had a major advertisement program in Africa encouraging using formula over breast feeding. Philly.com, "Pediatrician shares the danger of promoting formula in poorer nations," 10 July 2018 The hope is for the test to become standardized care for breast cancer treatment and detection. Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Queen Latifah Says 'It's Only A Matter Of Time' Before We Get A 'Girls Trip' Sequel," 28 June 2018 Cluster Feeding Exists Why did no one tell me that a baby can basically boot camp you at the beginning of breast feeding? Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Mom," 18 Apr. 2018 Doctors are aware of several instances in which babies acquired Zika virus via breast-feeding, but there have not been any reported health problems from that exposure. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Zika Exposure Even after Birth May Lead to Brain Damage," 4 Apr. 2018 This year, one crew member will bring sub sandwiches for the first day and another is bringing chicken-breast sandwiches. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "How 5 Port Huron-to-Mackinac racers feed sailboat crews," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018 With its pale color, single breasted design, and cherry blossom and bird embroidery, the look was unlike anything else featured on red carpets of late. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Rewrites the Menswear Rules in Alexander McQueen," 25 Sep. 2018 Or go bold and double-breasted but skip the tie (right). Lauren Larson, GQ, "James Norton Is Dressed To Chill," 4 Apr. 2018 For the show, Rae changed into a bright green Sergio Hudson double-breasted suit. Peoplestyle, PEOPLE.com, "Issa Rae Wears Belt with N-Word to CFDA Awards Dress, Takes Aim at Kanye West in Monologue," 4 June 2018 Meghan changed her getup, this time sporting a custom cropped black Givenchy double-breasted blazer with ankle length pants and black Sarah Flint Perfect Pumps along with a Givenchy black buckle belt and frame bag. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "All the details on Duchess Meghan's week of flawless fashion," 12 July 2018 Part power suit, part boudoir dressing, the lacy number featured a classic double-breasted jacket in wool silk and a lace skirt with peekaboo panels. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Ashley Graham Redefines Power Dressing in Alexander McQueen," 5 July 2018 And then Jay-Z wanders the halls of the Louvre wearing an even bigger chain and an even more double-breasted suit (this one’s lapels are hiked up almost to his neck), in a shiny gold silk. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Jay-Z Brought His Entire Suit Collection to the "APES**T" Video," 18 June 2018 The paper looked at about a dozen songbird species, including the American robin, red-faced warbler, and other arboreal species, as well as ground-dwelling birds like the house wren and white-breasted nuthatch. National Geographic, "Birds That Leave Nest Too Late Can Endanger Their Families," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of breast

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breast

Noun

Middle English brest, from Old English brēost; akin to Old High German brust breast, Old Irish brú belly, Russian bryukho

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breast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either one of the two soft parts on a woman's chest that produce milk when she has a baby

: the front part of a person's body between the neck and the stomach

: the chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt

breast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

: to push against or move through (something) with your chest forward

breast

noun
\ˈbrest \

Kids Definition of breast

1 : either of the two enlarged soft parts on a woman's chest that contain a gland that produces milk when she has a baby

2 : the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach He held the treasure to his breast.

3 : the front part of a bird's body below the neck

Other Words from breast

breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd \ adjective a red-breasted bird

breast

noun
\ˈbrest \

Medical Definition of breast 

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult females of humans and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged

2 : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen

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