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Definition of "chest" []

  • The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; the thorax. (noun)
  • A sturdy box with a lid and often a lock, used especially for storage. (noun)
  • A small closet or cabinet with shelves for storing supplies: a medicine chest above the bathroom sink. (noun)
  • The treasury of a public institution. (noun)
  • The funds kept there. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "chest" in a sentence
  • "Failing, however, on examination of the man's chest, to find any sign of counter-irritation of the skin, he was somewhat puzzled; but he soon learned from the mistress of the house, that having no _chest_ at hand, she had clapped the plaster on a large box in the corner of the sick-chamber."
  • "[_By placing the patient on the chest the weight of the body forces the air out; when turned on the side this pressure is removed, and air enters the chest_.]"
  • "It is a matter of common experience, however, that in the utterance of tones of low pitch, whether speech tones or musical, the voice seems to come from the chest rather than from the head; and, in the utterance of tones of high pitch, on the other hand, it seems to come from the head rather than from the chest; so that all tones are said to belong either to the _lower_ or _chest register_, or to the"