Origin of breasted
- 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
Examples from the Web for breasted
Historical Examples of breasted
But Abbot opened the next gate, and again they breasted the incoming torrent.
Once more the “Frolic” breasted the waves of the Atlantic, her course being for fair Cadiz.The Cruise of the Frolic
At all of these he was a dab, by dint of steep experience; but now the long hill must be breasted, and both shoulders set to it.Cripps, the Carrier
R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
She breasted the fierce waves at the entrance to the inlet boldly.A Prisoner of Morro
With that picture in his heart he breasted the storm and went home whistling cheerfully, walking through his world like a prince.A Certain Rich Man
William Allen White
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.