chest

noun
\ ˈchest \

Definition of chest

1a : a container for storage or shipping especially : a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongings
b : 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
3a : thorax sense 1 especially : the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs and sternum
b : breast sense 2a a hairy chest

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Other Words from chest

chestful \ ˈchest-​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for chest

Synonyms

bin, box, caddy, case, casket, locker, trunk

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Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.

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Unfortunately, all the hand-wringing and chest-beating that surrounded the original GeForce RTX has followed. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Why you should or shouldn't buy a GeForce RTX laptop," 29 Jan. 2019 The exercise works almost every muscle in your body, helping strengthen your chest, arms, and core at the same time. Jenna Wolfe, Woman's Day, "5 Ways to Fit Exercise In Despite Having a Busy Schedule," 1 Oct. 2018 The procession walked down the Naderi and Zand Streets, many weeping and beating their chests, a traditional way of showing grief. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 Researchers who hold their cards close their chest, refusing to publish their materials and data, are one part of the problem. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Social science has a complicated, infinitely tricky replication crisis," 28 Aug. 2018 Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was at the mouth of the lake near the Sopa Hotel taking photos of the animal when the hippo turned around suddenly, charged him, and bit him in his chest, a witness told Kenya's The Star newspaper. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourist Killed by Hippo Near Kenya's Lake Naivasha," 13 Aug. 2018 But there are certain areas of your body — like your pubic hair and underarms — that naturally give off a stronger scent than your hair, chest, and back. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "Why You Should Never Ignore Sweet-Smelling Urine (or These Other Body Odors)," 3 Aug. 2018 Blue and purple eye shadow, eyeliner, and lipstick seem to be the hero products in most of these tutorials, with artists using them to draw swirls on their faces, chests, and arms. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Makeup Artists Are Recreating Ariana Grande's "God Is a Woman" Body Paint Look," 19 July 2018 One June 23, Zsa Zsa -- with her barrel chest, slobbering tongue and a pink manicure -- won the 30th annual World's Ugliest Dog contest in California. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Zsa Zsa, the "World's Ugliest Dog," dies less than a month after securing title," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of chest

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chest

Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper

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The first known use of chest was before the 12th century

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chest

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chest

: 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

noun
\ ˈchest \

Kids Definition of chest

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

Other Words from chest

chested \ ˈche-​stəd \ adjective

chest

noun
\ ˈchest \

Medical Definition of chest

2 : the part of the body enclosed by the ribs and sternum

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