[Anat., Zool.](in bipeds) the outer, front part of the thorax, or the front part of the body from the neck to the abdomen; chest.
[Zool.]the corresponding part in quadrupeds.
Anatomyeither of the pair of mammae occurring on the chest in humans and having a discrete areola around the nipple, esp. the mammae of the female after puberty, which are enlarged and softened by hormonally influenced mammary-gland development and fat deposition and which secrete milk after the birth of a child: the breasts of males normally remain rudimentary.
the part of a garment that covers the chest.
the bosom conceived of as the center of emotion:What anger lay in his breast when he made that speech?
a projection from a wall, as part of a chimney.
any surface or part resembling or likened to the human breast.
[Mining.]the face or heading at which the work is going on.
the front of an open-hearth furnace.
the clay surrounding the taphole of a cupola.
See breast line.
a rounded bow.
beat one's breast, to display one's grief, remorse, etc., in a loud and demonstrative manner.
make a clean breast of, to confess everything (of which one is guilty):You'll feel better if you make a clean breast of it.
to meet or oppose boldly; confront:As a controversial public figure he has breasted much hostile criticism.
to contend with or advance against:The ship breasted the turbulent seas.
to climb or climb over (a mountain, obstacle, etc.).
to overcome, succeed against.
to come alongside or abreast of.
breast in,[Naut.]to bind (an object, as a boatswain's chair) securely under a projection, as the flare of a bow.
to thrust (a vessel) sideways from a wharf.
to keep (a vessel) away from a wharf by means of timbers.
bef. 1000; Middle English brest, Old English brēost; cognate with Old Norse brjōst; akin to German Brust, Gothic brusts, Dutch borst