Definition of chest
1a : a container for storage or shipping; especially : a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongingsb : 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
chestfulplay \-ˌfu̇l\ noun
Examples of chest in a Sentence
He has a broad chest.
The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples of chest from the Web
According to The New York Times, Lucas had complained of pain in his chest and arms, but Braves doctors had found no problem before the hemorrhage hit.
Smith was shot four times — twice in the chest and twice in the buttocks.
The first victim, 16, suffered eight wounds to the chest, thighs, heel and back.
Cohen plans to combine the new money with most of his family war chest of $11 billion, bringing the total to about $20 billion, according to people familiar with his family office.
Most armed forces are allowing enlistees to have tattoos on arms, legs, chest and back.
He was later released after initially complaining of discomfort in his chest.
But the third, which was rolled out much more quietly, is no less stunning: The Saudi kingdom joined forces with a top outside adviser to Trump to build a $40 billion war chest to privatize U.S. infrastructure.
Mr. Pitt comes very close to the margin of caricature, all gruff intonations and chest-pumping, but often General McMahon is not entirely unsympathetic.
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Origin and Etymology of chest
Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CHEST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chest for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of chest for Students
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
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