\ 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

Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples on the Web Medical service: Regan was evaluated in the emergency room for symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, including a severe cough, fever and chest pain. Dallas News, "Cough, low-grade fever sends man to ER for COVID-19 diagnosis, followed by a $3,278 bill," 31 May 2020 Two officers were taken to the hospital with chest pains, said LaVita Chavous, LMPD's assistant chief of police. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor Fischer suspends no-knock warrants, telling Breonna Taylor protesters 'I hear you'," 29 May 2020 Jacki Palmer is no longer gasping for breath with chest pains. USA Today, "Memory loss, gnarled fingers, panic attacks: COVID-19 didn't kill these Americans, but many might never be the same," 29 May 2020 If a fever of above 100, a dry cough, shortness of breath, muscle or chest pain, a loss of taste or smell or other symptoms appear, individuals are instructed to call your doctor or health care provider or your local health department. Marc Kovac And Jennfer Smola,, "Miami University off-campus gatherings investigated as Ohio’s COVID-19 cases rise," 26 May 2020 The virus left Garcia with 12 days straight of fevers and days of chest pain. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A woman cared for her sick parents while she was pregnant. Her father died, and coronavirus came for her too," 22 May 2020 Anyone experiencing trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, an inability to stay awake or bluish lips should seek emergency medical attention, according to the CDC. Fox News, "New Mexico man, 108, survives coronavirus a century after living through Spanish flu, report says," 14 May 2020 Calls for chest pain were down 20% and car crashes 50%. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Doctors worry that coronavirus fears are keeping other patients from seeking care," 12 May 2020 In that statement, the association referenced data from the ESO system that first responders use across the United States showing that there has been a decline of 13.1% in 911 responses for chest pain between January 1 and May 4. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus concerns keep heart patients from hospital: 'I was so scared'," 12 May 2020

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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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6 Jun 2020

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“Chest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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


\ 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


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Medical Definition of chest

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

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