\ 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 \-ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for chest


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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Trayvon Muhammad, 17, of Atlanta, was found shot to the chest and the leg about 8 p.m. in the 3000 block of Delmar Lane Thursday night and later died at a local hospital. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Violent night in NW Atlanta ends with deadly shootout," 13 July 2018 Officers found a man in the area who had been shot in the upper right chest. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Records: 24-year-old claimed self-defense in shooting death of Phoenix man," 13 July 2018 But Lovren gets him back with a hand to the chest and kick to the shin, and Sterling falls like the world’s tiniest china cabinet. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 According to police, the boy was shot in the chest from a handgun at 2:39 a.m. in a home located on the 100 block of Willard Street, near the intersection of Auburn Avenue and Paddock Street. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Pontiac teen dies in apparent accidental shooting," 9 July 2018 Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Cliff Kapono,, "Basic CPR and First aid procedures," 8 July 2018 Men killed in Kensington, Southwest Philly shootings One of the victims killed was a 25-year-old man who was shot in the chest on the 3100 block of Weymouth Street in Kensington. Katherine Nails,, "2 dead, 9 injured in Philly shootings," 5 July 2018 However, Marco Materazzi and France's number 10 became embroiled in a war of words on the pitch, leading to Zidane planting his head into the Italian's chest., "7 of the Craziest Moments in World Cup History," 3 July 2018 There are stars on the collarbones to symbolize thievery, the Russian abbreviation for the Soviet Union (CCCP) on the left forearm, and the common Russki jailbird tattoo of St. Basil on the chest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Decoding the Georgian and Russian Symbols at Vetements," 2 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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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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