breast

noun
\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce breasted (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for breast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Why would a young aspiring gymnast become a quadriplegic at 17 and then battle breast cancer at age 31? Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "An elite athlete vanished: 20 years ago, Indy HS gymnast became a quadriplegic," 18 Feb. 2020 Her longtime friend John Bromberg said the cause was breast cancer. Julia Carmel, BostonGlobe.com, "Barbara Remington, illustrator of Tolkien book covers, at 90," 17 Feb. 2020 It's won gold medals in reducing the risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, memory loss, depression and breast cancer. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Mediterranean diet scores another win for longevity by improving microbiome," 17 Feb. 2020 The drug’s revenues grew 55% in 2019, to $11 billion, and Merck has ongoing trials to expand the therapy to treat bladder, renal, and breast cancers, among many others. Ryan Derousseau, Fortune, "‘Miracle’ cancer treatments could be a blessing for investors too," 13 Feb. 2020 The couple has had more than 50 years worth of blessings and battles: Barb was diagnosed with breast cancer and beat it. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He asked her out to make another girl jealous. Now they've been married for 50 years and own a winery together.," 13 Feb. 2020 This is the team's annual pink game in support of breast cancer research. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU women's basketball coach calls out Oregon State coach for his criticism," 12 Feb. 2020 The active ingredients for medicines that treat breast cancer and lung cancer and the antibiotic Vancomycin, which is a last resort antibiotic for some types of antimicrobial resistant infections, are made almost exclusively in China. Andrew Natsios, The Conversation, "The silent threat of the coronavirus: America’s dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals," 11 Feb. 2020 Heart disease is the biggest threat to women’s health -- even greater than breast cancer. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Give your sweetie a thrill with a downhill ride in the park: Strong Points," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In fact, business suits with ties were few and far between on Milan runways, while jackets took on an array of shapes beyond the traditional notched lapel or double-breasted looks. Washington Post, "Milan designers hybridize menswear for next fall/winter," 13 Jan. 2020 Sandwiched in between her husband and her son, Victoria grounded the trio of tailored looks in a white double-breasted ensemble which was deliberately oversized. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Beckhams Prove They’re Fashion’s Chicest Family," 4 Sep. 2019 The black pleated pants, the black bell sleeve turtleneck sweater, and the gingham plaid double breasted coat. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Hollywood-Loved Stylist Jamie Mizrahi Debuts Chic 18-Piece Capsule Collection with Rent the Runway," 7 Nov. 2019 Working with stylist Kate Young, Gomez wore a checkered, double-breasted suit by Frame to cap off of her slew of winning looks. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Refreshes the Suit With a Surprising Choice of Shoe," 28 Oct. 2019 James Van Der Beek was one such a cautionary tale, wearing a double-breasted jacket perhaps best described as the color of strawberry Activia. BostonGlobe.com, "Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Invision/AP," 22 Sep. 2019 The duchess was seen in a navy Victoria Beckham double-breasted coat with a Stella McCartney tote bag, black scarf, skinny jeans, and calf-length Tamara Mellon boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 Grab a white double-breasted dress, a light gray suit, and your S.O. to recreate the Sussexes' now-iconic first-look baby photos. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "All the 2019 Pop Culture Halloween Costumes Your Friends Will Wish They Thought of First," 29 Sep. 2019 For the occasion, Kate wore a red double breasted blazer over a turtleneck, black pants, and boots. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out in Wales," 8 May 2019

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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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The first known use of breast was before the 12th century

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22 Feb 2020

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“Breast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breast. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for breast

breast

noun
How to pronounce breast (audio)

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
old-fashioned + literary : the front part of a person's body between the neck and the stomach
literary : the chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt

breast

verb

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

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

breast

noun
\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

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 How to pronounce breast (audio) \

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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