chamber

[cheym-ber]

noun

adjective

of, relating to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.

verb (used with object)

to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
to provide with a chamber.

Origin of chamber

1175–1225; Middle English chambre < Old French < Latin camera, variant of camara vaulted room, vault < Greek kamára
Related formsun·der·cham·ber, noun
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Examples from the Web for chamber

Contemporary Examples of chamber

Historical Examples of chamber

  • His nephew was securely disposed of for the night, being fastened in his chamber.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • No chamber in the palace of a king could have been more fair.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Away to your chamber, sweeting, and keep a blithe face, for she who confesses is shriven.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Finally, with a sense of relief he put out the lights and went to his chamber.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He mounted the little steps softly, and entered the chamber.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri


British Dictionary definitions for chamber

chamber

noun

a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
archaic, or poetic a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
  1. a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
  2. any of the houses of a legislature
an enclosed space; compartment; cavitythe smallest chamber in the caves
the space between two gates of the locks of a canal, dry dock, etc
an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
obsolete a place where the money of a government, corporation, etc, was stored; treasury
short for chamber pot
NZ the freezing room in an abattoir
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber musica chamber concert

verb

(tr) to put in or provide with a chamber
See also chambers

Word Origin for chamber

C13: from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera room, Latin: vault, from Greek kamara
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Word Origin and History for chamber
n.

c.1200, "room," usually a private one, from Old French chambre "room, chamber, apartment," also used in combinations to form words for "latrine, privy" (11c.), from Late Latin camera "a chamber, room" (see camera). In anatomy from late 14c.; of machinery from 1769. Gunnery sense is from 1620s. Meaning "legislative body" is from c.1400. Chamber music (1789) was that meant to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.

v.

late 14c., "to restrain," also "to furnish with a chamber" (inplied in chambered, from chamber (n.). Related: Chambering.

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chamber in Medicine

chamber

[chāmbər]

n.

A compartment or enclosed space.
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