Chest definition

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(rare) A place where money or funds are kept; treasury.
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A box with a lid and, often, a lock, for storing or shipping things.
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A sealed receptacle for liquid, gas, or steam.
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A bureau; a dresser.
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The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; the thorax.
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The front or ventral portion of this part.

Has a tattoo on his chest.

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A sturdy box with a lid and often a lock, used especially for storage.
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A small closet or cabinet with shelves for storing supplies.

A medicine chest above the bathroom sink.

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The treasury of a public institution.
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The funds kept there.
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A box for the shipping of certain goods, such as tea.
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The quantity packed in such a box.
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A cabinet, as for holding medical supplies or toiletries.
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The part of the body enclosed by the ribs, breastbone, and diaphragm; thorax.
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The outside front part of this.
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The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; the thorax.
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A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid.

The clothes are kept in a chest.

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The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.

You can take the money from the chest.

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A chest of drawers.
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​(anatomy) The portion of the front of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals.

She had a sudden pain in her chest.

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A hit or blow made with one's chest (the front of one's body).

He scored with a chest into the goal.

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To hit with one's chest (front of one's body)
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To deposit in a chest.
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get (something) off (one's) chest
  • To vent one's pent-up feelings.
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get something off one's chest
  • to unburden oneself of some trouble, annoyance, etc. by talking about it
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chest
Plural:
chests

Origin of chest

  • Middle English from Old English cest box from West Germanic kista from Latin cista from Greek kistē

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

  • From Middle English cheste, chiste, from Old English ċest, ċist (“chest, casket; coffin; rush basket; box”), from Proto-Germanic *kistō (“chest, box”), from Latin cista (“chest, box”), from Ancient Greek κίστη (kistē, “chest, box, basket, hamper”), from Proto-Indo-European *kisteh₂ (“woven container”). Germanic cognates include Scots kist (“chest, box, trunk, coffer”), West Frisian kiste (“box, chest”), Dutch kist (“box, case, chest, coffin”), German Kiste (“box, crate, case, chest”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English cheste, cheeste, cheaste, from Old English ċēast, ċēas (“strife, quarrel, quarrelling, contention, murmuring, sedition, scandal; reproof”). Related to Old Frisian kāse (“strife, contention”), Old Saxon caest (“quarrel, dispute”), Old High German kōsa (“speech, story, account”).

    From Wiktionary