chamber

noun
cham·ber | \ˈchām-bər \

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\-b(ə-)riŋ \

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

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Other Words from chamber

Noun

chambered \-bərd \ 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nevertheless, officials knew about Tham Luang’s dangers well and had placed a warning sign at the cave’s mouth against entering during the rainy season, when flash floods could inundate its chambers. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Indeed, his chamber is instead joining Trump’s effort to turn the Department of Justice into Trump’s personal rent-a-cops. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Paul Ryan Unaware Constitution Lets Congress Override Presidential Veto," 12 July 2018 The third takes place in the federal courtroom in Ann Arbor, where Kethledge has his chambers. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Possible Supreme Court pick Kethledge's ties to University of Michigan," 9 July 2018 Amid speculation about its ability to carry out the flurry of new executions on the calendar, state records show the Texas prison system in recent weeks received 15 more doses of the powerful barbiturate used in its Huntsville death chamber. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "With 7 execution dates on the calendar, Texas just got more lethal injection drugs," 6 July 2018 The Trump administration has also weakened the organization by vetoing appointments to its judicial appeals chamber, even though the United States wins the vast majority of its own appeals. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Big Trade War Bluff," 5 July 2018 Engineers there eventually drilled a vertical hole to reach their chamber, and all the miners were pulled to the surface one by one. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "Thai authorities put together rescue plan for trapped boys," 4 July 2018 Engineers there eventually drilled a vertical hole to reach their chamber, and all the miners were pulled to the surface one by one. Shibani Mahtani, BostonGlobe.com, "A congenital hand difference isn’t enough to hold this young athlete back," 4 July 2018 Using a new way to track heat flow under the park, researchers now estimate its magma chamber could be recharging from deep within the Earth twice as fast as previously thought. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brooklynn Mae Mohler was shot and killed on June 4, 2013 by her best friend, who was playing with her father's gun that was left loaded/chambered, with no safety, in a kitchen cabinet. Cassie Armstrong, OrlandoSentinel.com, "National SAFE Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 4 June 2018 Tomes was angry about the noise Gaeta's kids were making, and after an argument with the father in the apartment parking lot, Tomes grabbed the rifle from his car, chambered a round and pointed it at Gaeta and Smith. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Newport man upset over noisy kids accused of shooting 2 neighbors with AK-47 rifle," 16 May 2018 Special operations snipers will replace their 7.62 bullets with a new round favored by civilian precision rifle shooters, while the Army’s next-generation squad machine gun will be chambered in a new caliber using new casing technology. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Army Getting New Machine Gun Round, Special Ops Getting New Sniper Bullet," 10 May 2018 The officer reaches for his semiautomatic pistol, and in a quick action, pulls back the pistol slide to chamber a round, a video shows. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "An off-duty police officer thought a man stole Mentos. So he drew his gun.," 6 May 2018 Benefits chamber scholarships, events and projects. Ramona Sentinel, "Our Town Calendar: April 12-17," 11 Apr. 2018 Shotguns can be single-shot weapons, pump action weapons in which a single pump chambers a round, and semi-automatic. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What a Gun Is," 7 Mar. 2018 Of those, 87 were loaded, and nearly half of the guns loaded with ammo also had a live round chambered, ready to fire. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "TSA sets weekly record for finding firearms in carry-on bags," 20 Feb. 2018 Related: Reilly said the weapon is not functional in its current condition but had one live round chambered, and additional ammunition in the magazine. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Boys find AK-47 used to shoot Warren County deputy," 29 Jan. 2018

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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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chamber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chamber

: a small space inside something (such as a machine or your body)

: a usually large room where members of a government group (such as a legislature) have meetings

: a group of people who form part of a government

chamber

noun
cham·ber | \ˈchām-bər \

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 \

Medical Definition of chamber 

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

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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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