chamber

noun
cham·​ber | \ ˈchām-bər How to pronounce chamber (audio) \

Definition of chamber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : room especially : bedroom
2 : a natural or artificial enclosed space or cavity
3a : a hall for the meetings of a deliberative, legislative, or judicial body the senate chamber
b : a room where a judge transacts business usually used in plural
c : the reception room of a person of rank or authority
4a : a legislative or judicial body especially : either of the houses of a bicameral legislature
b : a voluntary board or council
5a : the part of the bore of a gun that holds the charge
b : a compartment in the cartridge cylinder of a revolver

chamber

verb
chambered; chambering\ ˈchām-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce chamber (audio) \

Definition of chamber (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to place in or as if in a chamber : house
2 : to serve as a chamber for especially : to accommodate in the chamber of a firearm

chamber

adjective

Definition of chamber (Entry 3 of 3)

: being, relating to, or performing chamber music

Other Words from chamber

Noun

chambered \ ˈchām-​bərd How to pronounce chamber (audio) \ adjective

Examples of chamber in a Sentence

Noun He put three bullets into the chamber of the gun. the chambers of the heart We waited for the senator outside the Senate chamber. The U.S. legislature is separated into two chambers: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Verb chambered the lost hikers in the barn until the next morning
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spiraling economic pessimism has undercut Mr. Biden’s approval ratings and contributed to Democrats’ fears of losing at least one chamber of Congress in the midterm elections. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 27 July 2022 Now Republicans are poised to retake control of at least one chamber in Congress in November’s midterm elections, meaning there’s a limited window for making progress. Matthew Daly And Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Apr. 2022 One stony chamber had been retrofitted as a kitchen, complete with a cooking stove and shelves for pots. Will Hunt, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2022 The aim is to flip at least one legislative chamber in each of those three states this fall. Edward-isaac Dovere, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 The bills in both Arizona and West Virginia have passed one chamber in the state legislatures. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 Bolger agreed, suggesting the capacity to serve all 12 years in one chamber would lead to stronger legislative leaders who have more experience while preventing someone from spending a lifetime in Lansing. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 1 Mar. 2022 While the harmful materials measure appears dead at this point, language that has already passed one chamber can be amended into related legislation. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Feb. 2022 That’s notable because the GOP could reclaim control of at least one chamber of Congress and several governor’s mansions. Sam Metz And Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, 5 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vendor booths are available for $50 to chamber members and $100 to nonmembers. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 July 2022 Ribbon cutting is at 6 p.m. Free to chamber members, $10 for guests. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2022 Free to chamber members; $10 for guests who reserve; $20 at the door. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2022 The event is free to chamber members; $10 for nonmembers. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 Admission is free to chamber members bringing a new, unwrapped toy. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2021 The event is free to chamber members who register and $5 per person for guests. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 On the outdoor stage there is an eclectic range of music, from Afro-Cuban to chamber. Gerald Eskenazi, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Registration is open only to chamber members through Monday. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With less than a week and a half left in the legislative session, bills to crack down on police officers with histories of misconduct have been caught in the crosshairs of inter-chamber tensions and are in danger of not passing. James Barragán, San Antonio Express-News, 21 May 2021 One of those plugs incorporates a passive pre-chamber ignition system. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2020 If there is any doubt of this technology's value, know that Formula 1 engines use pre-chamber ignition. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2020 Maserati has employed a dual-spark-plug configuration with an innovative pre-chamber combustion system integrated into the cylinder heads. David Beard, Car and Driver, 2 July 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chamber

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chamber

Noun

Middle English chambre, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin camera, from Latin, arched roof, from Greek kamara vault

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More Definitions for chamber

chamber

noun
cham·​ber | \ ˈchām-bər How to pronounce chamber (audio) \

Kids Definition of chamber

1 : an enclosed space, cavity, or compartment the chambers of the heart
2 : a room in a house and especially a bedroom
3 : a room used for a special purpose the pyramid's burial chamber
4 : a meeting hall of a government body the Senate chamber
5 : a room where a judge conducts business outside of the courtroom
6 : a group of people organized into a lawmaking body The Senate and the House of Representatives make up the two chambers of the United States legislature.
7 : a board or council of volunteers (as businessmen)

Other Words from chamber

chambered \ -​bərd \ adjective a chambered shell

chamber

noun
cham·​ber | \ ˈchām-bər How to pronounce chamber (audio) \

Medical Definition of chamber

: an enclosed space within the body of an animal — see anterior chamber, posterior chamber, pulp chamber, vitreous chamber

chamber

noun
cham·​ber

Legal Definition of chamber

1 : a judge's office specifically : the private office where a judge carries on business other than court sessions (as conferences or signing papers) usually used in pl. four other judges met in my chambers — R. H. Bork a hearing in chambers
2a : a hall for the meetings of a deliberative, legislative, or judicial body or assembly to run back into the House chamber— Tip O'Neill
b : a legislative or judicial body : house

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