- the front of an open-hearth furnace.
- the clay surrounding the taphole of a cupola.
- breast line.
- a rounded bow.
verb (used with object)
- to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
- to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.
Origin of breast
Related Words for breastchest, bosom, nipple, heart, front, bust, udder, mammilla, teat, core, being, character, mind, soul, psyche, spirit, emotions, sentiments, thoughts
Examples from the Web for breast
Contemporary Examples of breast
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
December 7, 2014
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
November 14, 2014
It carries a conditioner that contains triclosan, which has been linked to promoting the growth of breast cancer cells.
Business Insider calculated that only about eight percent of the money spent on pink merchandise went to breast cancer charities.
Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer.
Historical Examples of breast
Methought anon you saw me go down with three pikes in my breast.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Her cries and pleadings were being smothered down on his breast.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Then with astonishing clearness he saw her hand resting against her breast.
The coverlet dropped from her breast; her hand was suspended with stiff fingers.
She hid her face on his breast against his tickly coat, and cried.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Word Origin for breast
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.
see keep abreast of; make a clean breast of.