Air chamber
Chamber Cham"ber, n. [F. chambre, fr. L. camera vault, arched roof, in LL. chamber, fr. Gr. ? anything with a vaulted roof or arched covering; cf. Skr. kmar to be crooked. Cf. {Camber}, {Camera}, {Comrade}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A retired room, esp. an upper room used for sleeping; a bedroom; as, the house had four chambers. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. Apartments in a lodging house. ``A bachelor's life in chambers.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. A hall, as where a king gives audience, or a deliberative body or assembly meets; as, presence chamber; senate chamber. [1913 Webster]

4. A legislative or judicial body; an assembly; a society or association; as, the Chamber of Deputies; the Chamber of Commerce. [1913 Webster]

5. A compartment or cell; an inclosed space or cavity; as, the chamber of a canal lock; the chamber of a furnace; the chamber of the eye. [1913 Webster]

6. pl. (Law.) A room or rooms where a lawyer transacts business; a room or rooms where a judge transacts such official business as may be done out of court. [1913 Webster]

7. A chamber pot. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

8. (Mil.) (a) That part of the bore of a piece of ordnance which holds the charge, esp. when of different diameter from the rest of the bore; -- formerly, in guns, made smaller than the bore, but now larger, esp. in breech-loading guns. (b) A cavity in a mine, usually of a cubical form, to contain the powder. (c) A short piece of ordnance or cannon, which stood on its breech, without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for rejoicings and theatrical cannonades. [1913 Webster]

{Air chamber}. See {Air chamber}, in the Vocabulary.

{Chamber of commerce}, a board or association to protect the interests of commerce, chosen from among the merchants and traders of a city.

{Chamber council}, a secret council. --Shak.

{Chamber counsel} or {Chamber counselor}, a counselor who gives his opinion in private, or at his chambers, but does not advocate causes in court.

{Chamber fellow}, a chamber companion; a roommate; a chum.

{Chamber hangings}, tapestry or hangings for a chamber.

{Chamber lye}, urine. --Shak.

{Chamber music}, vocal or instrumental music adapted to performance in a chamber or small apartment or audience room, instead of a theater, concert hall, or church.

{Chamber practice} (Law.), the practice of counselors at law, who give their opinions in private, but do not appear in court.

{To sit at chambers}, to do business in chambers, as a judge. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Air chamber — Air cham ber 1. A chamber or cavity filled with air, in an animal or plant. [1913 Webster] 2. A cavity containing air to act as a spring for equalizing the flow of a liquid in a pump or other hydraulic machine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • air chamber — n. a cavity or compartment full of air, esp. one used in hydraulics to equalize the flow of a fluid …   English World dictionary

  • air chamber — noun : a cavity filled with air: as a. : a cavity containing air to act by its elasticity as a spring for equalizing the flow of a liquid in a pump or other hydraulic machine see hydraulic ram illustration b. : one of the chambers in the nautilus …   Useful english dictionary

  • air chamber — air′ cham ber n. 1) hyd mac a chamber containing air, as in a pump, lifeboat, or organic body 2) hyd mac a compartment of a hydraulic system containing air that by its elasticity equalizes the pressure and flow of liquid within the system •… …   From formal English to slang

  • air chamber — 1. a chamber containing air, as in a pump, lifeboat, or organic body. 2. Also called air cushion. a compartment of a hydraulic system containing air that by its elasticity equalizes the pressure and flow of liquid within the system. [1840 50] * * …   Universalium

  • air chamber — hole that contains air to serve as a spring to equalize the flow of a liquid in a pump or other hydraulic devices; closure of area filled with air for a special objective; chamber or empty space filled with air (in animals or plants) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • air chamber — /ˈɛə tʃeɪmbə/ (say air chaymbuh) noun 1. a chamber containing air, as in a pump or a lifeboat. 2. a compartment of a hydraulic system containing air which by its elasticity equalises the pressure and flow of liquid within the system …   Australian English dictionary

  • air chamber — noun a chamber, in a hydraulic system, in which air (or some other gas) is compressed to regulate the flow of a fluid …   Wiktionary

  • air chamber — (MOLLUSCA: Cephalopoda) The gas filled cavity of a nautilus shell that was previously occupied by that organism …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • air chamber — Equipment of a motorboat to insure buoyancy in the event of capsizing. 12 Am J2d Boats § 12 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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