I. noun Etymology: Middle English brest, from Old English brēost; akin to Old High German brust breast, Old Irish brú belly, Russian bryukho Date: before 12th century 1. either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult human females and some other mammals; also either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged 2. a. the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen b. the part of an article of clothing covering the breast 3. the seat of emotion and thought ; bosom 4. a. something (as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast b. face 6 • breasted adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1599 1. to contend with resolutely ; confront <
breasting the waves
2. chiefly British climb, ascend 3. to thrust the chest against <
the sprinter breasted the tape

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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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

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  • breast — 1. (breast) (3114↑, 324↓) 1) The softest, tastiest, most tender cut of chicken. 2) The softest, tastiest, most tender part on a woman. 3) Where milk comes from. Those breasts are making my mouth water! Author: Oprah… …   Urban English dictionary

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