chest

noun
\ 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

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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There are many, many symbols, images, and words permanently carved into his arms, hands, chest, and back—but its Adam's torso ink that fans are buzzing about the most. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Men Across the Country Are Trolling Adam Levine and His Infamous Tattoos," 10 Feb. 2019 Buzz: With the help of Botox and fractionated lasers, doctors can erase lines and wrinkles on the chest and even sharpen the appearance of cleavage. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 Marley’s wife and manager were seriously injured but made full recoveries, and though Marley himself was only grazed by bullets in his chest and arm, the message sent by the attack was profound: Stay out of politics. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Netflix’s New Bob Marley Documentary, Who Shot the Sheriff?, Isn’t Just Another Behind the Music—It’s a Story of Jamaica at War With Itself," 19 Oct. 2018 A few minutes later, my chest and back were inundated with tiny red and white welts; soon enough, my whole body was covered. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "My Skin Got Hives Every Time I Showered — Until I Discovered a Water Softener," 25 Sep. 2018 Most Peruvian mummies come bundled in cloth, with their legs folded up to their chests and their arms around their knees. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mummy of paraplegic child shows how Peru’s Nasca culture treated disability," 25 Sep. 2018 Someone called Boulder County EMS, and an ambulance took me to a hospital, where doctors told me I had five bite marks in my head, deep cuts from claws across my face, and bruises on my chest and neck. Patty Hodapp, Outside Online, "The Man Who Survived a Rattler, Bear, and Shark Attack," 10 July 2018 The jacket should be snug to your chest and the straps tight. 2. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Here are 4 water safety tips for you and your family this Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 Deputies were called to Fort Scott Boulevard around 5:30 p.m. and found the victim shot in the chest and bleeding the street. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Fairfield man faces murder charge in fatal Crosby Township shooting," 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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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 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

chest

noun
\ ˈchest How to pronounce chest (audio) \

Medical Definition of chest

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

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