- The breast is defined as one of two mammary glands on the chest of a woman, or the front part of the human body from the neck to the abdomen.
An example of breast is the milk-secreting gland on a new mother.
- The definition of breast means to meet, oppose or overcome.
An example of breast is to bounce back after facing many negative comments.
- either of two milk-secreting glands protruding from the upper, front part of a woman's body
- a corresponding gland in a female primate
- a corresponding undeveloped gland in the male
- figuratively, a source of nourishment
- the front part of a person's chest
- the corresponding part of some animals, as a bird or lamb
- the part of a garment, etc. that is over the breast
- the breast regarded as the center of emotions
- anything likened to the breast: the breast of the sea
- Mining the face that is being worked at the end of an excavation or tunnel
Origin of breastMiddle English brest from Old English breost from Indo-European base an unverified form bhreus-, to swell, sprout
- to oppose the breast to; face
- to face or meet firmly; move forward against
beat one's breast
make a clean breast of
- a. Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; the female mammary gland.b. A corresponding rudimentary gland in a human male, especially when enlarged by exposure to estrogen or appearing to be enlarged by overlying body fat.
- a. The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.b. A corresponding part in other animals.c. A cut of meat taken from this part of an animal, especially from poultry.d. The part of a garment that covers the chest.e. The seat of affection and emotion: “Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast” ( Shakespeare )
- Something likened to the human breast, as in being in round or broad: the breast of a hill; the breast of the sea.
- The face of a mine or tunnel.
- Sports Breaststroke.
transitive verbbreast·ed, breast·ing, breasts
- To go to the top of; ascend: “He breasted a rise and looked down. He was at the head of a small valley” ( Ken Follett )
- To move forward or advance through or across: breasted the current; breasted the crowd.
- To confront or deal with resolutely: breasted a storm of criticism.
Origin of breastMiddle English brest from Old English brēost
- Either of the two organs on the front of a woman's chest, which contain the mammary glands; also the analogous organs in men.
- Tanya's breasts grew alarmingly during pregnancy.
- The chest, or front of the human thorax.
- A section of clothing covering the breast area.
- The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts.
- She kindled hope in the breast of all who heard her.
- The ventral portion of an animal's thorax.
- The robin has a red breast.
- A choice cut of poultry, especially chicken or turkey, taken from the bird’s breast; also a cut of meat from other animals, breast of mutton, veal, pork.
- Would you like breast or wing?
- The front or forward part of anything.
- a chimney breast; a plough breast
- (mining) The face of a coal working.
- (mining) The front of a furnace.
(third-person singular simple present breasts, present participle breasting, simple past and past participle breasted)