\ 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 chest (audio) \ noun

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Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples on the Web Ruiz started the first round marching forward, connecting with hard rights to the chest of Arreola (38-7-1, 33 KOs). Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "Andy Ruiz Jr. survives knockdown, cruises to decision win over Chris Arreola," 1 May 2021 And their 16-year-old daughter, Adrianna, in between her high school classes and homework, stepped in to assist with physical and occupational therapies, guiding Alexia through biceps curls, leg raises and knee-to-chest exercises. New York Times, "Should Nurses Take a 30% Pay Cut When Their Patient Turns 23?," 1 May 2021 The man was struck in the right, and the woman was hit in both legs and grazed to the chest. Deanese Williams-harris,, "At least 8 wounded in city shootings since Friday afternoon, say police," 1 May 2021 Five suspects have been arrested in connection to the Lady Gaga dognapping incident that left her dog walker Ryan Fischer seriously injured with a gunshot wound to the chest in February, the LAPD confirmed to EW. Rosy Cordero,, "Lady Gaga's suspected dognappers arrested — including woman who returned pups to police," 29 Apr. 2021 Antonio Rogers was found with a gunshot wound to the chest around 11 p.m. Sunday night in the 10000 block of Shaker Point Way. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Police: Suspect said slain victim shot himself in the chest with a rifle," 26 Apr. 2021 Police provided first aid to the 52-year-old woman on the ground for one gunshot wound to the chest, the statement said. Kaila White, The Arizona Republic, "Casa Grande police ID officer, man he fatally shot Friday," 26 Apr. 2021 Neighbors reported hearing gunfire in the apartment, and officers found Jackson dead from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the chest, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in fatal shooting in Cleveland’s North Shore-Collinwood neighborhood," 22 Apr. 2021 Gaston died from a gunshot wound to the chest, a medical examiner determined. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prosecutors charge Racine man in Kenosha County tavern shooting with 3 counts of homicide, 3 counts of attempted homicide," 21 Apr. 2021

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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 May 2021

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“Chest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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