\ 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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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 Manipulations of the chest, neck, face and mouth are a part of the routine, too. Jason Gonzalez, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 Tight to the body, with spaghetti straps and a fold of material meeting at the chest and heading down towards the floor, the dress came complete with a matching cape and bag. Michelle Morgan, Town & Country, 3 May 2022 Instead, the model opted for a pair of baggy jeans, a pair of Adidas Samba sneakers, and a large sweatshirt that was emblazoned with Strand New York City on the chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 The form-fitting gown is completely sheer and embellished with silver crystals on the chest and across her torso, which went down all the way down to her feet. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 30 Mar. 2022 This versatile sarong can be worn three ways: as a skirt, strapless dress, or a halter with a cutout on the chest, and comes in four colors that match perfectly with the swimsuits. Lindsey Greenfeld,, 25 Feb. 2022 To train yourself to breathe this way, Dr. Parikh said, lie on your back, relax your muscles and place one hand on the chest and the other on the belly. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 Killed was Stephon Mack, 24, who was shot on the chest and head just after 4 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of West 111th Street, officials said. Stephanie Casanova,, 29 Jan. 2022 The alternate uniform is a light blue jersey with the the primary Space Cowboy logo on the chest and the hat features the alternate logo on a white front with navy blue backing. Matt Young, Chron, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Chest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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\ ˈchest How to pronounce chest (audio) \

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


\ ˈchest How to pronounce chest (audio) \

Medical Definition of chest

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

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