Origin of breasting
- 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 breasting
Historical Examples of breasting
It shot forward, breasting the current, and was soon well away from the cliff.Frank Roscoe's Secret
Far at its end stood the train, breasting the darkness without.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I was breasting the opposite hill when several other Zulus joined the first.Hendricks the Hunter
She was his true mate for breasting a world honoured in uplifting her.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Into the grass, belly-deep, the big horses plunged, breasting it like the sea.Neighbors Unknown
Charles G. D. Roberts
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.