Anatomy, Zoology. (in bipeds) the outer, front part of the thorax, or the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest.
Zoology. the corresponding part in quadrupeds.
either of the pair of mammae occurring on the chest in humans and having a discrete areola around the nipple, especially the mammae of the female after puberty, which are enlarged and softened by hormonally influenced mammary-gland development and fat deposition and which secrete milk after the birth of a child: the breasts of males normally remain rudimentary.
the part of a garment that covers the chest.
the bosom conceived of as the center of emotion: What anger lay in his breast when he made that speech?
a projection from a wall, as part of a chimney.
any surface or part resembling or likened to the human breast.
Mining. the face or heading at which the work is going on.
the front of an open-hearth furnace.
the clay surrounding the taphole of a cupola.
a rounded bow.
to meet or oppose boldly; confront: As a controversial public figure he has breasted much hostile criticism.
to contend with or advance against: The ship breasted the turbulent seas.
to climb or climb over (a mountain, obstacle, etc.).
to overcome, succeed against.
to come alongside or abreast of.
breast in, Nautical. to bind (an object, as a boatswain's chair) securely under a projection, as the flare of a bow.
breast off, Nautical.
to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.
Idioms about breast
beat one's breast, to display one's grief, remorse, etc., in a loud and demonstrative manner.
make a clean breast of, to confess everything (of which one is guilty): You'll feel better if you make a clean breast of it.
- breastless, adjective
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How to use breast in a sentence
He tore a piece of meat off the breast and stroked her coat while she ate.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart | Pete Dexter | December 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
My girlfriend, Barbara, came to visit me and exposed her breast through the window.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler | Marlow Stern | November 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer.
It also sells a number of products that contain chemicals that have been linked to breast cancer.
Sure, Hooters may have a vested financial interests in breasts—or rather, a very specific type of breast.
"Here's my authority, yuh blasted runt," he yelled, and jerked his six-shooter to a level with the policeman's breast.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
It is something which takes side in the child's breast with the reasonable governor and the laws which he or she administers.Children's Ways | James Sully
Alessandro walked at the horses' heads, his face sunk on his breast, his eyes fixed on the ground.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
We laid him down gently, folded his arms on his breast, and for a moment held our peace in tribute to his passing.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The governor placed a dagger to his breast in order to get him to tell what he knew of his wife.
British Dictionary definitions for breast
the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest
either of the two soft fleshy milk-secreting glands on the chest in sexually mature human females: adjective mammary
a similar organ in certain other mammals
anything that resembles a breast in shape or position: the breast of the hill
a source of nourishment: the city took the victims to its breast
the source of human emotions
the part of a garment that covers the breast
a projection from the side of a wall, esp that formed by a chimney
mining the face being worked at the end of a tunnel
beat one's breast to display guilt and remorse publicly or ostentatiously
make a clean breast of to make a confession of
to confront boldly; face: breast the storm
to oppose with the breast or meet at breast level: breasting the waves
to come alongside of: breast the ship
to reach the summit of: breasting the mountain top
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Other Idioms and Phrases with breast
see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.
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