Definition of chest
1a : a container for storage or shipping; especially : a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongingsb : a cupboard used especially for the storing of medicines or first-aid supplies
2 : the place where money of a public institution is kept : treasury; also : the fund so kept
chestfulplay \-ˌfu̇l\ noun
Examples of chest in a Sentence
He has a broad chest.
The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples of chest from the Web
Keeping the chest high, bend both knees, and lean forward slightly for balance.
But Armani's fall-winter couture silhouette was all about the chest.
Many arrived with ice chests full of cold drinks and snacks to view the annual show.
A couple of the men who were killed had railroad spikes driven into the head or chest.
Not a hallucination, just a tightening in my chest, feeling I couldn’t breathe, like the world was going to end.
Scott arrived in the emergency room by ambulance around 3 p.m., complaining of chest and abdominal pain.
Carpenter and Harris fled the scene, but Carpenter later came to University Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
The male victim was shot in the face and left thigh, and the woman was shot twice in the chest and once in the side, court records said.
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Origin and Etymology of chest
Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CHEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chest for English Language Learners
: a container (such as a box or case) for holding things or moving them from place to place
: the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach
CHEST Defined for Kids
Definition of chest for Students
1 : a container (as a box or case) for storing, safekeeping, or shipping tool chest treasure chest
2 : the front part of the body enclosed by the ribs and breastbone
3 : a fund of public money a community chest to benefit the needy
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