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BREAST, n. brest.

1. The soft, protuberant body, adhering to the thorax, which, in females, furnishes milk for infants.

His breasts are full of milk. Job.21.24.

2. The fore part of the thorax, or the fore part of the human body between the neck and the belly.

3. The part of a breast which answers to the breast in man. This, in quadrupeds, is between the fore legs, below the neck.

4. Figuratively, the heart; the conscience; the disposition of the mind; the affections;the seat of the affections and passions.

5. Formerly,the power of singing.

BREAST, v.t. brest. To meet in front; to oppose breast to breast.




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BREAST, n. brest.

1. The soft, protuberant body, adhering to the thorax, which, in females, furnishes milk for infants.

His breasts are full of milk. Job.21.24.

2. The fore part of the thorax, or the fore part of the human body between the neck and the belly.

3. The part of a breast which answers to the breast in man. This, in quadrupeds, is between the fore legs, below the neck.

4. Figuratively, the heart; the conscience; the disposition of the mind; the affections;the seat of the affections and passions.

5. Formerly,the power of singing.

BREAST, v.t. brest. To meet in front; to oppose breast to breast.


BREAST, n. [brest; Sax. breast; Sw. bröst; D. borst, the breast, a lad, a notch; G. brust, breast, and brüsten, to hold up the head, to look big; Dan. bröst, breast; also default, defect, blemish; also, bryst, breast, pap; bryster sig, to strut; brister, to burst. The sense seems to be a protuberance.]

  1. The soft, protuberant body, adhering to the thorax, which, in females, furnishes milk for infants. His breasts are full of milk. – Job xxi. 24.
  2. The fore part of the thorax, or the fore part of the human body between the neck and the belly.
  3. The part of a beast which answers to the breast in man. This, in quadrupeds, is between the fore legs, below the neck.
  4. Figuratively, the heart; the conscience; the disposition of the mind; the affections; the seat of the affections and passions. – Cowley. Dryden.
  5. Formerly, the power of singing. – Tusser.

BREAST, v.t. [brest.]

To meet in front; to oppose breast to breast. – Goldsmith. Dryden. The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer. – Wirt.


Breast
  1. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest; as, the breast of a man or of a horse.
  2. To meet, with the breast] to struggle with or oppose manfully; as, to breast the storm or waves.

    The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer.
    Wirt.

    To breast up a hedge, to cut the face of it on one side so as to lay bare the principal upright stems of the plants.

  3. Either one of the protuberant glands, situated on the front of the chest or thorax in the female of man and of some other mammalia, in which milk is secreted for the nourishment of the young; a mamma; a teat.

    My brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother.
    Cant. viii. 1.

  4. Anything resembling the human breast, or bosom; the front or forward part of anything; as, a chimney breast; a plow breast; the breast of a hill.

    Mountains on whose barren breast
    The laboring clouds do often rest.
    Milton.

  5. The face of a coal working.

    (b)
  6. The seat of consciousness; the repository of thought and self-consciousness, or of secrets; the seat of the affections and passions; the heart.

    He has a loyal breast.
    Shak.

  7. The power of singing; a musical voice; -- so called, probably, from the connection of the voice with the lungs, which lie within the breast.

    [Obs.]

    By my troth, the fool has an excellent breast.
    Shak.

    Breast drill, a portable drilling machine, provided with a breastplate, for forcing the drill against the work. - - Breast pang. See Angina pectoris, under Angina. -- To make a clean breast, to disclose the secrets which weigh upon one; to make full confession.

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Breast

BREAST, noun brest.

1. The soft, protuberant body, adhering to the thorax, which, in females, furnishes milk for infants.

His breasts are full of milk. Job 21:24.

2. The fore part of the thorax, or the fore part of the human body between the neck and the belly.

3. The part of a breast which answers to the breast in man. This, in quadrupeds, is between the fore legs, below the neck.

4. Figuratively, the heart; the conscience; the disposition of the mind; the affections; the seat of the affections and passions.

5. Formerly, the power of singing.

BREAST, verb transitive brest. To meet in front; to oppose breast to breast

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