\ ˈchest How to pronounce chest (audio) \

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 How to pronounce chest (audio) \ noun

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Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples on the Web Video played at the trial shows Bravinder and his partner paramedic, Derek Smith, working on Floyd, placing him on a Lucas device, which does chest compressions, starting an airway, and administering an IV to deliver medicine for his heart. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Medical witnesses clash with defense over George Floyd's death," 9 Apr. 2021 When Zdenek refused to give him money, he was shot several times in the head and chest. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis woman declared guilty in neighbor’s 2019 murder," 9 Apr. 2021 On April 9, the reality star showed off her heart-cherry manicure, using her boyfriend's tattooed chest as a backdrop. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Has Her Name Permanently Tattooed on Travis Barker's Chest," 9 Apr. 2021 Scott is the only Masters champion to have used the older version of a long putter, which could be anchored against the chest. New York Times, "The World’s Best Golfers Disagree on How to Grip a Putter," 8 Apr. 2021 Tobin said Floyd lifted his right shoulder to create chest space to draw breath. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Medical expert: 'In a vise,' George Floyd did everything he could as he struggled to breathe," 8 Apr. 2021 Paparesta said Rosenthal reported numbness in his fingers and pain in his neck and chest after his last outing. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's pitchers beset by injuries, but team doesn't suspect a 2020 effect," 8 Apr. 2021 Groulx served in the United States Navy from 1995-2001 before a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. al, "Alabama hosting first Paralympics Cycling qualifier since pandemic," 7 Apr. 2021 In the snap, Eugenie and Brooksbank stand beneath a huge tree in blossom, with August in a baby carrier on his dad's chest. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Shared Another Cute Photo of New Baby August," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Chest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


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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


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Medical Definition of chest

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

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