breast

breast
1 noun
1 PART OF A WOMAN'S BODY (C) one of the two round raised parts of a woman's body that produce milk when she has a baby: a woman with a baby at the breast | breast cancer
2 CHEST (C) the part of your body between your neck and your stomach, especially the upper part of this area: Dick cradled her photograph against his breast.
3 PART OF A BIRD (C) the front part of a bird's body: a robin with a red breast
4 MEAT (U) meat that comes from the front part of the body of a bird such as a chicken: turkey breast
5 make a clean breast of it/things to admit that you have done something wrong: Why not make a clean breast of it and tell them you took the money?
6 single-breasted/double-breasted a coat, dress etc that is single-breasted etc has one or two rows of buttons down the front
7 bare-breasted/small-breasted/red-breasted etc having bare etc breasts
8 EMOTIONS (C) literary where your feelings of sadness, love, anger, fear etc come from: a troubled breast
-see also: beat your breast beat 1 (27) 2 verb (T)
1 to reach the top of a hill or slope
2 to push against something with your chest

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Breast — (br[e^]st), n. [OE. brest, breost, As. bre[ o]st; akin to Icel. brj[=o]st, Sw. br[ o]st, Dan. bryst, Goth. brusts, OS. briost, D. borst, G. brust.] 1. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest; as, the breast of a man… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breast — [brest] n. [ME brest < OE breost < IE base * bhreus , to swell, sprout] 1. either of two milk secreting glands protruding from the upper, front part of a woman s body 2. a corresponding gland in a female primate 3. a corresponding… …   English World dictionary

  • breast — breast; breast·ed; breast·er; breast·height; breast·hook; breast·less; breast·rail; breast·rope; breast·sum·mer; breast·weed; …   English syllables

  • breast — [ brest ] noun ** 1. ) count one of the two round soft parts on the front of a woman s body that produce milk when she has a baby: She had small round breasts. breast cancer 2. ) count FORMAL a person s CHEST a ) count LITERARY your chest and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Breast — Breast, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Breasted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Breasting}.] To meet, with the breast; to struggle with or oppose manfully; as, to breast the storm or waves. [1913 Webster] The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breast — (n.) O.E. breost breast, bosom; mind, thought, disposition, from P.Gmc. *breustam breast (Cf. O.S. briost, O.Fris. briast, O.N. brjost, Du. borst, Ger. brust, Goth. brusts), perhaps lit. swelling and from PIE root *bhreus to swell, sprout (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • breast — [n1] front of upper body bosom, bust, chest, front, mammary glands, mammilla, nipple, teat, udder; concept 418 breast [n2] feelings, conscience being, bosom, character, core, emotions, essential nature, heart, mind, psyche, seat of affections,… …   New thesaurus

  • breast — index confront (encounter), defy, resist (oppose), withstand Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • breast — ► NOUN 1) either of the two soft, protruding organs on a woman s chest which secrete milk after pregnancy. 2) a person s or animal s chest region. ► VERB 1) face and move forwards against or through. 2) reach the top of (a hill). DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • Breast — The milk engorged breast of a pregnant woman …   Wikipedia

  • breast — [[t]bre̱st[/t]] ♦♦♦ breasts 1) N COUNT: oft poss N A woman s breasts are the two soft, round parts on her chest that can produce milk to feed a baby. She wears a low cut dress which reveals her breasts... As my newborn cuddled at my breast, her… …   English dictionary

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