noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper Date: before 12th century 1. a. a container for storage or shipping; especially a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongings b. a cupboard used especially for the storing of medicines or first-aid supplies 2. the place where money of a public institution is kept ; treasury; also the fund so kept 3. a. thorax 1; especially the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs and sternum b. breast 2a <
a hairy chest
chestful noun

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  • Chest — (ch[e^]st), n. [OE. chest, chist, AS. cest, cist, cyst, L. cista, fr. Gr. ki sth. Cf. {Cist}, {Cistern}.] 1. A large box of wood, or other material, having, like a trunk, a lid, but no covering of skin, leather, or cloth. [1913 Webster] Heaps of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chest — [ tʃest ] noun count *** 1. ) the upper front part of your body between your neck and your stomach: a broad/hairy chest Have you had any chest pains? a ) BRITISH INFORMAL used for referring to health problems in the area of your chest, especially …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • chest — W3S2 [tʃest] n [: Old English; Origin: cest, from Latin cista box, basket , from Greek kiste basket ] 1.) the front part of your body between your neck and your stomach →↑breast ▪ Her heart was pounding in her chest. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chest — chest; chest·ed; chest·i·ly; chest·i·ness; chest·nut·ty; chest·nut; …   English syllables

  • chest — [chest] n. [ME chest, chiste < OE, ON, or L: OE cist & ON kista < L cista < Gr kistē, a box, basket < IE * kista, woven container > OIr cess, basket] 1. a box with a lid and, often, a lock, for storing or shipping things 2. Rare a… …   English World dictionary

  • Chest — puede hacer referencia a: Chest, revista médica estadoundiense. Chest Creek; río de Pensilvania, Estados Unidos. Chest Township, localidad del condado de Cambria, Pensilvania, Estados Unidos. Chest Township, localidad del condado de Clearfield,… …   Wikipedia Español

  • chest — ► NOUN 1) the front surface of a person s body between the neck and the stomach. 2) the circumference of a person s upper body. 3) a large strong box for storage or transport. 4) Brit. the treasury or financial resources of an institution. ● get… …   English terms dictionary

  • Chest — (ch[e^]st), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chested}.] 1. To deposit in a chest; to hoard. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a coffin. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He dieth and is chested. Gen. 1. 26 (heading). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • chest — O.E. cest box, coffer, from P.Gmc. *kista (Cf. O.N., O.H.G. kista, O.Fris., M.Du., Ger. kiste, Du. kist), an early borrowing from L. cista chest, box, from Gk. kiste a box, basket, from PIE *kista woven container. Meaning extended to thorax 1520s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Chest — (ch[e^]st), n. [AS. ce[ a]st.] Strife; contention; controversy. [Obs.] P. Plowman. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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