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bosom

[boo z-uh m, boo-zuh m] /ˈbʊz əm, ˈbu zəm/
noun
1.
the breast of a human being.
2.
the breasts of a woman.
3.
the part of a garment that covers the breast.
4.
the breast, conceived of as the center of feelings or emotions.
5.
something likened to the human breast:
the bosom of the earth.
6.
a state of enclosing intimacy; warm closeness:
the bosom of the family.
adjective
7.
of, relating to, or worn on or over the bosom.
8.
intimate or confidential:
a bosom friend.
verb (used with object)
9.
to take to the bosom; embrace; cherish.
10.
to hide from view; conceal.
Origin of bosom
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bōs(u)m; cognate with Dutch boesem, German Busen
Synonyms
4. heart, affection. 8. close, cherished, boon, dear.
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  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Of all this scene, the slumbering river has a dream-picture in its bosom.

  • But she bore trouble in her own bosom, and could find no peace in this chosen land.

    Biographical Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But she stretched out her arms to him, and drew him to her bosom.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Alleyne said nothing, but his heart seemed to turn to a lump of ice in his bosom.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for bosom

bosom

/ˈbʊzəm/
noun
1.
the chest or breast of a person, esp the female breasts
2.
the part of a woman's dress, coat, etc, that covers the chest
3.
a protective centre or part: the bosom of the family
4.
the breast considered as the seat of emotions
5.
(modifier) very dear; intimate: a bosom friend
verb (transitive)
6.
to embrace
7.
to conceal or carry in the bosom
Word Origin
Old English bōsm; related to Old High German buosam
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Word Origin and History for bosom
n.

Old English bosm "breast; womb; surface; ship's hold," from West Germanic *bosm- (cf. Old Frisian bosm, Old Saxon bosom, Middle Dutch boesem, Dutch boezem, Old High German buosam, German Busen "bosom, breast"), perhaps from PIE root *bhou- "to grow, swell," or *bhaghus "arm" (in which case the primary notion would be "enclosure formed by the breast and the arms"). Narrowed meaning "a woman's breasts" is from 1959; but bosomy "big-breasted" is from 1928. Bosom-friend is attested 1580s; bosom buddy from 1920s.

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bosom in Medicine

bosom bos·om (buz'əm, bōō'zəm)
n.

  1. The chest of a human.

  2. A woman's breast or breasts.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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