Meaning of BREAST in English

BREAST

/ brest; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PART OF BODY

1.

[ C ] either of the two round soft parts at the front of a woman's body that produce milk when she has had a baby :

She put the baby to her breast.

breast cancer

breast milk

2.

[ C ] the similar, smaller part on a man's body, which does not produce milk

3.

[ C ] ( literary ) the top part of the front of your body, below your neck

SYN chest :

She cradled the child against her breast.

CLOTHING

4.

[ C ] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your chest :

A row of medals was pinned to the breast of his coat.

OF BIRD

5.

[ C ] the front part of a bird's body :

breast feathers

The robin has a red breast.

MEAT

6.

[ C , U ] meat from the front part of the body of a bird or an animal :

chicken / turkey breasts

breast of lamb

-BREASTED

7.

(in adjectives) having the type of chest or breasts mentioned :

a small-breasted / full-breasted woman

bare-breasted

the yellow-breasted male of the species

—see also double-breasted , single-breasted

HEART

8.

[ C ] ( literary ) the part of the body where the feelings and emotions are thought to be :

a troubled breast

—see also chimney breast

IDIOMS

see beat verb , clean adjective

■ verb [ vn ] ( formal )

1.

to reach the top of a hill, etc. :

As they breasted the ridge, they saw the valley and lake before them.

2.

to push through sth, touching it with your chest :

He strode into the ocean, breasting the waves.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English brēost , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch borst and German Brust .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.