A chamber in a modern hotel.
- A room off of the main courtroom where the judge has his private desk is an example of achamber.
- A group of people working on commerce activities is an example of a chamber of commerce.
- a room in a house, esp. a bedroom
- a reception room in an official residence
- Brit. a suite of rooms used by one person
- a judge's office located near the courtroom
- an assembly hall
- a legislative or judicial body or division: the Chamber of Deputies
- a council or board: a chamber of commerce
- an enclosed space in the body of a plant or animal
- any enclosed space; compartment; specif., the part of a gun that holds the charge, or any of the compartments for cartridges in the cylinder of a revolver
Origin of chamberMiddle English chambre ; from OFrchambre, cambre ; from Late Latin camera, a chamber, room (in Classical Latin a vault): see camera
- to provide a chamber or chambers for
- to put (a cartridge, etc.) into a chamber
- A room in a house, especially a bedroom.
- A room where a person of authority, rank, or importance receives visitors.
- chambers The private office where the judge consults with parties and conducts business not required to be brought in open court.
- chambers Chiefly British A suite of rooms, especially one used by lawyers.
- A hall for the meetings of a legislative or other assembly.
- A legislative or judicial body.
- A board or council.
- A place where municipal or state funds are received and held; a treasury.
- a. An enclosed space or compartment: the chamber of a pump; a compression chamber.b. An enclosed space in the body of an organism; a cavity: the four chambers of the heart.
- a. A compartment in a firearm, as in the breech of a rifle or the cylinder of a revolver, that holds the cartridge in readiness for firing.b. An enclosed space in the bore of a gun that holds the charge.
transitive verbcham·bered, cham·ber·ing, cham·bers
- To put (a round) in the chamber of a firearm.
- To design or manufacture (a firearm) to hold a specific type of cartridge.
- To furnish with a chamber or chambers: tombs that were chambered.
Origin of chamberMiddle English chaumbre, from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera, chamber, from Latin, vault, from Greek kamarā.
- A room, especially one used primarily for sleeping; bedroom, sleeping room.
- An enclosed space.
- the chamber of a canal lock; the chamber of a furnace; the chamber of the eye
- A test chamber is typically a closable case where devices under test are placed.
- (firearms) The portion of the weapon that holds the ammunition round immediately prior to (during initiation of) its discharge.
- Dianne loaded a cartridge into the chamber of the rifle, then prepared to take aim at the target.
- One of the legislative bodies in a government where multiple such bodies exist, or a single such body in comparison to others.
- The resolution, which speedily passed the Senate, was unable to gain a majority in the lower chamber.
- A law office in a building housing several such offices, typically the office of a barrister in the United Kingdom or in the imagination of an African scammer.
- (dated, in the plural) Apartments in a lodging house.
- (historical) A short piece of ordnance or cannon which stood on its breech without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for celebrations and theatrical cannonades.
(third-person singular simple present chambers, present participle chambering, simple past and past participle chambered)
- To enclose in a room.
- She had chambered herself in her room, and wouldn't come out.
- To reside in or occupy a chamber or chambers.
- To place in a chamber, as a round of ammunition.
- The hunter fired at the geese and missed, then shrugged his shoulders and chambered another cartridge.
- To create or modify a gun to be a specific caliber.
- The rifle was originally chambered for 9MM, but had since been modified for a larger, wildcat caliber.
- In martial arts, to prepare an offensive, defensive, or counteroffensive action by drawing a limb or weapon to a position where it may be charged with kinetic energy.
- Bob chambered his fist for a blow, but Sheila struck first.