• IPA: /t͡ʃɛst/

chest (plural chests)

  1. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid.
    The clothes are kept in a chest.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, […].
  2. (obsolete) A coffin.
  3. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
    You can take the money from the chest.
  4. A chest of drawers.
  5. (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.
  6. A hit or blow made with one's chest.
    He scored with a chest into the goal.
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chest (chests, present participle chesting; past and past participle chested)

  1. To hit with one's chest (front of one's body)
  2. (transitive) To deposit in a chest.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To place in a coffin.
    • Bible, Genesis 1:26
      He dieth and is chested.

chest (plural chests)

  1. Debate; quarrel; strife; enmity.

Proper noun
  1. (after a qualification) University of Chester, used especially following post-nominal letters indicating status as a graduate.

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