breast

[ brest ]
/ brɛst /

noun

verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

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.
  1. to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
  2. to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.

Idioms

    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.

Origin of breast

before 1000; Middle English brest, Old English brēost; cognate with Old Norse brjōst; akin to German Brust, Gothic brusts, Dutch borst

Related forms

breast·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for breast

breast

/ (brɛst) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for breast

Old English brēost; related to Old Norse brjōst, Old High German brust, Dutch borst, Swedish bräss, Old Irish brū belly, body
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Medicine definitions for breast

breast

[ brĕst ]

n.

Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; mammary gland; mamma.
A corresponding rudimentary gland in the male.
The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
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Idioms and Phrases with breast

breast


see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.

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