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 chambering (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

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Other Words from chamber

Noun

chambered \ ˈchām-​bərd How to pronounce chambered (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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In multiple states, legislatures either flipped from Republican to Democratic-controlled or, in one state, went to Democrats from a split chamber. Emily Stewart, Vox, "State legislatures Democrats have flipped so far in the 2018 elections," 7 Nov. 2018 In a stiflingly hot chamber, as parliamentarians fanned their moist faces, Mr Macron sent two broad messages. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron’s popularity hits a new low," 12 July 2018 As mandated by law when there’s an increase, there will be public hearings at the council chambers, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Kennesaw has proposed a tax increase. Here’s how to voice your opinion," 5 July 2018 Lawmakers from the two chambers are now negotiating a compromise bill. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey, BostonGlobe.com, "US officials reject Baker’s Medicaid proposals," 27 June 2018 The moment Davidson and Grande started getting public on Instagram... the chamber of secrets has been opened ... Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Cazzie David Guide To Getting Over Your Ex," 12 June 2018 The version of events painted on three walls of the 52-square-meter funerary chambers probably takes some poetic license with Capitolias' history. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 McNeil’s case has sparked several tense protests and demonstrations since last month, including at a National City council meeting June 19, when civil rights activist Tasha Williamson was detained and escorted out of the council chambers. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Assemblywoman urges transparency in National City detainee's death," 3 July 2018 The rains this week have pushed the water level inside the cave above 20 feet at times, filling some of the caves' chambers. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "US rescue team aids desperate search for Thailand soccer team missing in cave," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rattlers are personal defense weapons available on the open market and chamber standard 5.56mm rounds and .300 Blackout. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Weapons upgrade set to make US Special Operations even more deadly," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of chamber was in the 13th century

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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 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

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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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