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

Previously Spiegel and colleagues showed that social support through weekly group therapy prolonged survival in women with metastatic breast cancer. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 One example Pecora gave on how Cota’s technology can help manage cost is through an expensive genetic test that can cost breast cancer patients $4,000. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Data sharing company helps improve cancer patient outcomes, reduce total cost of care," 13 July 2018 Randall said doctors had caught her breast cancer in its early stages. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘So surreal’: Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall announces breast cancer diagnosis, returns to Anchorage for treatment," 12 July 2018 The women assembled handbags that were then donated to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 Sadly, Randall announced this week that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Zoe Weiner, SELF, "Olympic Skier Kikkan Randall Reveals She Was Recently Diagnosed With Breast Cancer," 12 July 2018 What finally caused Facebook to close the loophole were complaints from a group of women with the BRCA gene, a gene mutation associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Facebook Closes Loophole That Revealed Personal Data of People in 'Closed' Groups," 12 July 2018 After the pioneering alternative rock band Sonic Youth announced its hiatus in 2011, Kim Gordon faced both the dissolution of her longtime creative and personal partnership with Thurston Moore and a breast cancer diagnosis. New York Times, "14 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Then, a few years ago, my mother was diagnosed with stage-4 breast cancer. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "The One Life Change That Helped 6 Real Women Take Control of Their Lives," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Warbler migration hit its peak, with 24 species including Cape May, bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Nashville, Canada, and Wilson’s reported throughout the area. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 28 May 2018 Lonnie Walker IV's all-white attire came in the form of a double-breasted suite. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA draft picks put on top-notch fashion display," 21 June 2018 The double-breasted, belted piece featured exposed buttons for a casual vibe. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Gives Sloane Ranger Style a Go," 18 Apr. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge — still tan from her beach honeymoon in Seychelles — wore a cream double-breasted jacket by Alexander McQueen. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's First Trooping the Colour Outfit Compares to Kate's," 9 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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make a clean breast of

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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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