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breast

[ brest ]
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

chest, bosom, nipple, heart, front, bust, udder, mammilla, teat, core, being, character, mind, soul, psyche, spirit, emotions, sentiments, thoughts

Nearby words

breakup, breakwater, breakweather, bream, bream, julian, breast, breast beam, breast drill, breast line, breast pump, breast timber

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 formsbreast·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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for breast

breast


n.

Old English breost "breast, bosom; mind, thought, disposition," from Proto-Germanic *breustam "breast" (cf. Old Saxon briost, Old Frisian briast, Old Norse brjost, Dutch borst, German brust, Gothic brusts), perhaps literally "swelling" and from PIE root *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (cf. Middle Irish bruasach "having a broad, strong chest," Old Irish bruinne "breast"). The spelling conforms to the Scottish and northern England dialectal pronunciation. Figurative sense of "seat of the emotions" was in Old English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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