• Breast


    • IPA: /brɛst/
    • Rhymes: -ɛst


    From Middle English brest, from Old English brēost, from Proto-Germanic *breustą.

    Full definition of breast



    (plural breasts)
    1. Either of the two organs on the front of a woman's chest, which contain the mammary glands; also the analogous organs in men.Tanya's breasts grew alarmingly during pregnancy.
    2. The chest, or front of the human thorax.
      • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast, For he heard the loud bassoon.
    3. A section of clothing covering the breast area.
    4. The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts.She kindled hope in the breast of all who heard her.
      • ShakespeareHe has a loyal breast.
    5. The ventral portion of an animal's thorax.The robin has a red breast.
    6. A choice cut of poultry, especially chicken or turkey, taken from the bird’s breast; also a cut of meat from other animals, breast of mutton, veal, pork.Would you like breast or wing?
    7. The front or forward part of anything.a chimney breast; a plough breast
      • MiltonMountains on whose barren breast
        The labouring clouds do often rest.
    8. (mining) The face of a coal working.
    9. (mining) The front of a furnace.
    10. (obsolete) The power of singing; a musical voice.
      • ShakespeareBy my troth, the fool has an excellent breast.




    1. (transitive) To push against with the breast; to meet full on, to oppose, to face.He breasted the hill and saw the town before him.
      • WirtThe court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer.
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