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cham•ber /ˈtʃeɪmbɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- a private room in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom.
- a room in a palace or an official home:We saw the queen's meeting chambers.
- a law-making group or a branch of such a group: the upper and lower chambers of a legislature.
- a room housing such an assembly.
- Lawchambers, [plural] a place where a judge listens to matters not needing action in the open courtroom.
- an enclosed space;
cavity: a chamber of the heart.
- Music and Danceof, relating to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.
(chām′bər),USA pronunciation n.
- a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom:She retired to her chamber.
- a room in a palace or official residence.
- Governmentthe meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
- Lawa place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
- Lawthe private office of a judge.
- Law(in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, esp. in the Inns of Court.
- Governmenta legislative, judicial, or other like body:the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
- Governmentan organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
- Governmentthe place where the moneys due a government are received and kept;
a treasury or chamberlain's office.
- Architecture(in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
- a compartment or enclosed space;
cavity:a chamber of the heart.
- Civil Engineering(in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
- Militarya receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
- Military(in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
- See chamber pot.
- Music and Danceof, pertaining to, or performing chamber music:chamber players.
- to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
- to provide with a chamber.
- Greek kamára
- Latin camera, variant of camara vaulted room, vault
- Old French
- Middle English chambre 1175–1225
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chamber /ˈtʃeɪmbə/ n
See also chambersEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera room, Latin: vault, from Greek kamara
- a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
- a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
- archaic or poetic a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
- a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
- any of the houses of a legislature
- an enclosed space; compartment; cavity
- an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
- short for chamber pot
- (modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber music: a chamber concert
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