chest

noun
\ 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 \ ˈchest-​ˌfu̇l \ 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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Harper, who was 26, died after being shot twice in the chest by Black. Kathleen Foody, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutor: No charges against officer who shot homeowner," 3 Dec. 2018 Though the bird lost a leg and was shot in the chest, Cher Ami still made it 25 miles back to headquarters, delivered the message, and helped save the soldiers. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pigeons Are Actually the Most Magnificent Bird," 20 Nov. 2018 In a more extreme example, Teddy Roosevelt got shot in the chest while giving a speech. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Times Trump Has Incited Violence Against People He Dislikes," 30 Oct. 2018 The incident in question allegedly happened on the Freaks and Geeks set, during a scene where her character hit Franco's character in the chest. Dan Barna, Glamour, "Busy Philipps Is 'Bummed' at How the Media Is Covering Her Story About James Franco," 19 Oct. 2018 While everyone knows about the telltale signs of a heart attack — tightness in the chest, pain down your left arm — there are other symptoms that could indicate a heart attack is about to hit you full-force. Amy Capetta, Redbook, "6 Subtle Signs of a Heart Attack in Women," 25 July 2018 One officer fired a Taser and the other then fired his weapon, striking the man in the chest, police said. Michael Katz, idahostatesman, "Meridian police shoot and kill armed man on domestic dispute call," 23 June 2018 The black Henley shirt was strategically unbuttoned to reveal a chest full of bad-boy tattoos and a sizable gold medallion. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zayn Malik Takes a Page Out of Harry Styles’s Playbook," 13 Dec. 2018 In Moscow, all chest X-rays taken in hospitals are run through an AI system to recognize and diagnose tumors. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of chest

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

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