chest

noun
\ 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 chestful (audio) \ 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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Here is one, a code blue on a person who walks in with chest pains. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hendricks Regional Health disputes Anthem's payment rates at new Brownsburg hospital," 11 July 2018 To do that, pull your elbows together in front of your body, or simply cross your arms over your chest, and pull your shoulder blades forward. Isadora Baum, SELF, "7 Foam Rolling Mistakes You Should Avoid," 16 Mar. 2019 In another, even more, intimate image, Delevingne is topless with Rousteing's hands covering her chest. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Cara Delevingne Poses Naked for Balmain In a Stunning Photo Series," 31 Jan. 2019 Jacques looked particularly taken by Gorilla exhibit, staring upon a particular specimen beating its chest. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Princess Charlene of Monaco Took Her Royal Twins on a Whirlwind Trip to New York," 18 Jan. 2019 And comedy gave me an outlet to get it off my chest. Andrew Dansby, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston comedian Mo Amer has poetry in his blood, and a Netflix special coming up," 26 June 2018 There are many, many symbols, images, and words permanently carved into his arms, hands, chest, and back—but its Adam's torso ink that fans are buzzing about the most. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Men Across the Country Are Trolling Adam Levine and His Infamous Tattoos," 10 Feb. 2019 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 Marley’s wife and manager were seriously injured but made full recoveries, and though Marley himself was only grazed by bullets in his chest and arm, the message sent by the attack was profound: Stay out of politics. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Netflix’s New Bob Marley Documentary, Who Shot the Sheriff?, Isn’t Just Another Behind the Music—It’s a Story of Jamaica at War With Itself," 19 Oct. 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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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 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

chest

noun
\ 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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