- Anatomy. the trunk of the body from the neck to the abdomen; thorax.
- a box, usually with a lid, for storage, safekeeping of valuables, etc.: a toy chest; a jewelry chest.
- the place where the funds of a public institution or charitable organization are kept; treasury; coffer.
- the funds themselves.
- a box in which certain goods, as tea, are packed for transit.
- the quantity contained in such a box: a chest of spices.
- chest of drawers.
- a small cabinet, especially one hung on a wall, for storage, as of toiletries and medicines: a medicine chest.
- get (something) off one's chest, Informal. to relieve oneself of (problems, troubling thoughts, etc.) by revealing them to someone.
- play it close to the chest. vest(def 16).
Origin of chest
Examples from the Web for chest
At St. Barnabas Hospital, Pellerano was listed in stable condition with wounds to his chest and arm.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
Forty minutes later he says, ‘I think she may have chest injuries now.’Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
Couple guided Stella as she crawled and dipped her chest to pick up each magnet.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
I received many bruises on my collarbones, neck, chest, and shoulders.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Once a month he attaches a device to his chest, clamps metal bracelets on his wrists, and hooks the whole thing up to a telephone.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He had ample girth of chest at the cinches, where lung capacity is best measured.Way of the Lawless
Winkleman puffed out his chest and protruded his great beard.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"Kill me, Managa," I cried, smiting my chest as I stood facing him.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
They had evidently just landed, and two men were lifting out a chest from the boat.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
She called Sami up to her, and showed him the corner in the chest where she had put his things.What Sami Sings with the Birds
- the front part of the trunk from the neck to the bellyRelated adjective: pectoral
- (as modifier)a chest cold
- get something off one's chest informal to unburden oneself of troubles, worries, etc, by talking about them
- a box, usually large and sturdy, used for storage or shippinga tea chest
- Also: chestful the quantity a chest holds
- the place in which a public or charitable institution deposits its funds
- the funds so deposited
- a sealed container or reservoir for a gasa wind chest; a steam chest
Word Origin and History for chest
Old English cest "box, coffer, casket," from Proto-Germanic *kista (cf. Old Norse and Old High German kista, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, German kiste, Dutch kist), an early borrowing from Latin cista "chest, box," from Greek kiste "a box, basket," from PIE *kista "woven container." Meaning extended to "thorax" 1520s, replacing breast (n.), on the metaphor of the ribs as a box for the organs. Chest of drawers is from 1590s.
- The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; thorax.
Idioms and Phrases with chest
see off one's chest; play one's cards close to one's chest.