Meaning of CHAMBER in English

CHAMBER

/chaym"beuhr/ , n.

1. a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom: She retired to her chamber.

2. a room in a palace or official residence.

3. the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.

4. chambers , Law.

a. a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.

b. the private office of a judge.

c. (in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, esp. in the Inns of Court.

5. a legislative, judicial, or other like body: the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.

6. an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.

7. the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain's office.

8. (in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.

9. a compartment or enclosed space; cavity: a chamber of the heart.

10. (in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.

11. a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.

12. (in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.

13. See chamber pot .

adj.

14. of, pertaining to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.

v.t.

15. to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.

16. to provide with a chamber.

[ 1175-1225; ME chambre camera, var. of camara vaulted room, vault kamára ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .