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 At CHI Franciscan, colon and breast cancer screenings fell about 81% and 92%, respectively, in April. Author: Evan Bush, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Where are the patients?’ People are avoiding doctors, hospitals because of coronavirus worries," 26 May 2020 John lost the love of his life, Julie, to breast cancer. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Heart Land: With 'God winks' as their guide, widowed Cincinnati couple finds love again," 25 May 2020 Nelson, who is being treated for breast cancer, did not feel safe going to the polls in person and was unable to cast a ballot. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sweeping lawsuit seeks to have absentee ballot requests sent to all Wisconsin voters," 18 May 2020 Antibodies are used now to treat breast cancer and other diseases, so Myers is hopeful. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Screening of every student key to reopening schools in Alabama, says biotech researcher," 17 May 2020 Lauren Flanigan, a 39-year-old Marylander with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, also scoffed at these groups’ claims. Audrey Farley, The New Republic, "The Nonprofit Grifters Who Want a Cut of the Coronavirus Bailout," 14 May 2020 That project kicked off in 1995 when 133,478 women, who were either active or former teachers, filled out a questionnaire as part of a study about links between smoking and breast cancer. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Gulping down 1 or more sugary drinks a day could put you at risk for cardiovascular disease," 13 May 2020 Stanford University announced her death and said the cause was breast cancer. New York Times, "Barbara Babcock, a Force for Women in the Law, Dies at 81," 11 May 2020 Through all of this, Cathy fought through breast cancer three years ago and just this past football season, Cathy was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that involved a grueling surgery which left her permanently deaf in one ear. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Mother's Day: Here's what loved ones want you to know about some amazing sports moms," 9 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here’s an easy pot sticker recipe that can be made with pigeon or any number of other game meats. 8 pigeons, breasted¼ cup ginger, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1 head Napa cabbage, sliced 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced 2 carrots, julienned 2 Tbsp. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Pigeon Pot Stickers," 30 Apr. 2020 On Plum Island, there were 16 Northern shovelers, eight red-grebes, two rough-legged hawks, and a yellow-breasted chat. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings - The Boston Globe," 23 Dec. 2019 Few people pluck snows, and the birds are typically breasted. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, "8 Ways to Prepare Snow Goose Meat," 2 Apr. 2020 From the menswear brand's Winter 2019 collection, the monochrome look consisted of a double-breasted jacket over a matching shirt, skinny tie, and trousers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Rocked a Suit and Tie at BAZAAR ICONS," 7 Sep. 2019 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

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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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30 May 2020

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“Breast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breast. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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