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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Correctional officer Travis VanDeWiele punched Wilson in the chest and kneed him in the crotch April 13, 2016, while other officers held Wilson down in a transport chair. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "Beaten inmate plans to leave St. Paul after county OK’s $525,000 settlement," 4 June 2019 Your heart is practically pounding out of your chest. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "This Is the Difference Between Feeling Anxious and Having an Anxiety Disorder," 16 May 2019 Grab the weight with your left hand (crossing left hand under chest), and drag the weight over to the left side of your body. SELF, "Core and Upper Body Strength Push," 28 Apr. 2019 The exhibition features various photographs taken of Kahlo over a period of years as well as some of her jewelry, chest braces, a selection of clothing and bric-a-brac. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 Don't worry, chest acne is totally normal, literally everyone experiences it. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Get Rid of Chest Acne in a Zap With These Tips," 5 Mar. 2019 My heart is thumping against the Spanx-like shirt my trainers gave me, with a padded shield protecting the chest area, just in case a rotor blade goes rogue. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 The younger man suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "8 injured in city shootings since late Sunday morning," 24 June 2018 Video shows Koko grabbing for Williams’ chest area and Shatner’s groin. Washington Post, "Koko the gorilla used smarts, empathy to help change views," 21 June 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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