from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; the human mammary gland.
  • n. A corresponding organ in other mammals.
  • n. A corresponding rudimentary gland in the male.
  • n. The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
  • n. A corresponding part in other animals.
  • n. The part of a garment that covers the chest.
  • n. The seat of affection and emotion: "Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast” ( Shakespeare).
  • n. A source of nourishment.
  • n. Something likened to the human breast: the breast of a hill.
  • n. The face of a mine or tunnel.
  • transitive v. To rise over; climb: "He breasted a rise and looked down. He was at the head of a small valley” ( Ken Follett).
  • transitive v. To encounter or advance against resolutely; confront boldly.
  • transitive v. To push against with or as if with the breast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of the two organs on the front of a woman's chest, which contain the mammary glands; also the analogous organs in men.
  • n. The chest, or front of the human thorax.
  • n. A section of clothing covering the breast area.
  • n. The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts.
  • n. The ventral portion of an animal's thorax.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To push against with the breast; to meet full on, to oppose, to face.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest.
  • n. Either one of the protuberant glands, situated on the front of the chest or thorax in the female of man and of some other mammalia, in which milk is secreted for the nourishment of the young; a mamma; a teat.
  • n. Anything resembling the human breast, or bosom; the front or forward part of anything.
  • n.
  • n. The face of a coal working.
  • n. The front of a furnace.
  • n. The seat of consciousness; the repository of thought and self-consciousness, or of secrets; the seat of the affections and passions; the heart.
  • n. The power of singing; a musical voice; -- so called, probably, from the connection of the voice with the lungs, which lie within the breast.
  • transitive v. To meet, with the breast; to struggle with or oppose manfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To oppose with the breast; act with the breast upon; bear the breast against; hence, to meet in front boldly or openly; stem.
  • To practise breasting, as for deer. See breasting, 3.
  • n. One of two soft protuberant bodies adhering to the thorax in women, in which the milk is secreted for the nourishment of infants; the mammary gland and associated structures.
  • n. The outer part of the thorax, or the external part of the body between the neck and the belly, in man and beasts.
  • n. In entomology, the lower or sternal surface of the thorax.
  • n. Figuratively, the seat of the affections and emotions; the repository of consciousness, designs, and secrets; the affections; the heart.
  • n. The mind; the secret thoughts.
  • n. In music, the chest; capacity for singing.
  • n. Anything resembling the breast in position, either as being in front, like the human breast, or below, like the breast in the lower animals.
  • n. That part of certain machines against which the breast of the operator pushes, as in the breast-drill, breast-plow, etc.
  • n. A line on which persons or things are ranged abreast, or side by side.
  • n. A bush for a small shaft or spindle.
  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confront bodily
  • v. reach the summit (of a mountain)
  • n. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
  • n. meat carved from the breast of a fowl
  • n. the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen
  • v. meet at breast level
  • n. the part of an animal's body that corresponds to a person's chest


Middle English brest, from Old English brēost.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English brest, from Old English brēost, from Proto-Germanic (Wiktionary)



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