Breast meaning

brĕst
The definition of breast means to meet, oppose or overcome.

An example of breast is to bounce back after facing many negative comments.

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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.

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(sports) Breaststroke.
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To move forward or advance through or across.

Breasted the current; breasted the crowd.

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To confront or deal with resolutely.

Breasted a storm of criticism.

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Either of two milk-secreting glands protruding from the upper, front part of a woman's body.
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Something likened to the human breast, as in being in round or broad.

The breast of a hill; the breast of the sea.

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The face of a mine or tunnel.
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To go to the top of; ascend.
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A corresponding gland in a female primate.
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A corresponding undeveloped gland in the male.
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Figuratively, a source of nourishment.
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The part of a garment, etc. that is over the breast.
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The breast regarded as the center of emotions.
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Anything likened to the breast.

The breast of the sea.

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(mining) The face that is being worked at the end of an excavation or tunnel.
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To oppose the breast to; face.
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To face or meet firmly; move forward against.
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Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman.
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A corresponding rudimentary gland in a human male, especially when enlarged by exposure to estrogen or appearing to be enlarged by overlying body fat.
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The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
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A corresponding part in other animals.
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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.

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The chest, or front of the human thorax.
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A section of clothing covering the breast area.
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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.

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The ventral portion of an animal's thorax.

The robin has a red breast.

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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?

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The front or forward part of anything.

A chimney breast; a plough breast.

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(mining) The face of a coal working.
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(mining) The front of a furnace.
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To push against with the breast; to meet full on, to oppose, to face.

He breasted the hill and saw the town before him.

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beat one's breast
  • to make an exaggerated display of one's feelings of guilt, remorse, etc.
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make a clean breast of
  • to confess (guilt, etc.) fully
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

make a clean breast of

Origin of breast

  • Middle English brest from Old English brēost

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English brest, from Old English brēost, from Proto-Germanic *breustą.

    From Wiktionary