Definition of Breast

1. Noun. The front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen. "He beat his breast in anger"

Exact synonyms: Chest
Generic synonyms: External Body Part
Group relationships: Chest, Pectus, Thorax
Specialized synonyms: Bosom

2. Verb. Meet at breast level. "The runner breasted the tape"
Generic synonyms: Converge, Meet

3. Noun. Either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman.
Exact synonyms: Boob, Bosom, Knocker, Tit, Titty
Group relationships: Adult Female Body, Woman's Body
Terms within: Lactiferous Duct, Areola, Ring Of Color
Generic synonyms: Mamma, Mammary Gland
Derivative terms: Bosomy

4. Verb. Reach the summit (of a mountain). "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
Exact synonyms: Summit
Generic synonyms: Arrive At, Attain, Gain, Hit, Make, Reach
Derivative terms: Summit

5. Noun. Meat carved from the breast of a fowl.
Exact synonyms: White Meat
Generic synonyms: Helping, Portion, Serving
Group relationships: Chicken, Poulet, Volaille, Turkey

6. Verb. Confront bodily. "Breast the storm"
Exact synonyms: Front
Generic synonyms: Confront, Face
Derivative terms: Front, Front

7. Noun. The part of an animal's body that corresponds to a person's chest.
Generic synonyms: External Body Part

Definition of Breast

1. n. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest; as, the breast of a man or of a horse.

2. v. t. To meet, with the breast; to struggle with or oppose manfully; as, to breast the storm or waves.

Definition of Breast

1. Noun. Either of the two organs on the front of a woman's chest, which contain the mammary glands; also the analogous organs in men. ¹

2. Noun. The chest, or front of the human thorax. ¹

3. Noun. A section of clothing covering the breast area. ¹

4. Noun. The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts. ¹

5. Noun. The ventral portion of an animal's thorax. ¹

6. Noun. A choice cut of poultry, especially chicken or turkey, taken from the bird’s breast. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To push against with the breast; to meet full on, to oppose, to face. ¹

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Definition of Breast

1. to confront boldly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Breast

1. To meet, with the breast; to struggle with or oppose manfully; as, to breast the storm or waves. "The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer." (Wirt) To breast up a hedge, to cut the face of it on one side so as to lay bare the principal upright stems of the plants. Origin: Breasted; Breasted. 1. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest; as, the breast of a man or of a horse. 2. 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 mammma; a teat. "My brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother." (Cant. Viii. 1) 3. Anything resembling the human breast, or bosom; the front or forward part of anything; as, a chimney breast; a plow breast; the breast of a hill. "Mountains on whose barren breast The laboring clouds do often rest." (Milton) 4. The face of a coal working. The front of a furnace. 5. The seat of consciousness; the repository of thought and self-consciousness, or of secrets; the seat of the affections and passions; the heart. "He has a loyal breast." (Shak) 6. The power of singing; a musical voice; so called, probably, from the connection of the voice with the lungs, which lie within the breast. "By my troth, the fool has an excellent breast." (Shak) Breast drill, a portable drilling machine, provided with a breastplate, for forcing the drill against the work. Breast pang. See Angina pectoris, under Angina. To make a clean breast, to disclose the secrets which weigh upon one; to make full confession. Origin: OE. Brest, breost, As. Breost; akin to Icel. Brjst, Sw. Brost, Dan. Bryst, Goth. Brusts, OS. Briost, D. Borst, G. Brust. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Breast

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breast bone
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breast carcinoma
breast dose in mammography
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breast feed
breast feeding

Literary usage of Breast

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1899)
"1245) reports one case of an adenoma of the breast which had persisted with very little change for nine years, but that at the end of that time it became ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Carcinoma of the breast A carcinoma is not movable as regards the rest of ... Once a breast cancer has become adherent to a rib, or scattered nodules are ..."

3. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1914)
"Five years previously she had her left breast amputated by Dr. Edward Martin, and two years previously he removed a growth from beneath the right breast. ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1853)
"The general average of life of persons affected with medullary cancer of the eye, testicle, breast, bones, or other external organ, may be reckoned at about ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"I refer to cases in which a defective breast ia unable to meet the demands ... Many women have imperfectly developed breasts ; usually one breast is smaller ..."

6. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1921)
"Nor heaving from my ribb'd breast only, Not in sighs at night in rage dissatisfied with myself, Not in those long-drawn, ..."

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