- 1A large room used for formal or public events.More example sentences
- The new courthouse features 14 courtrooms and judicial chambers for the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Magistrate.
- Using historical photographs, they restored the rotunda and legislative chamber to their original antebellum style.
- But in the chaos of his old judicial chambers, anything could have happened.
- 1.1Any of the houses of a legislature: the Senate chamberMore example sentences
- Labour will table another bill in 2007 proposing the total abolition of the peerage, making the upper house an all-appointed chamber.
- The late Donald Dewar recognised this himself and even proposed that the House of Lords should be roped in as a revising chamber for the Scottish parliament.
- Both chambers of parliament must still confirm the new government, but this is virtually assured by the ruling coalition's clear majority.
- 2 • literary or • archaic A private room, typically a bedroom: he had his meals brought to his chamberMore example sentences
- Opposite the door was another, leading into the King's more private chambers - his bedroom, place of worship and relaxing room.
- The four knights were immediately recognised as royal courtiers and ushered into the Archbishop's private chambers.
- Then I went quickly to the king's chambers, escorted by the gentleman usher.
- 2.1 (chambers) Law A judge’s room used for official proceedings not required to be held in open court.More example sentences
- If both prosecution and defence lawyers agree, the hearing can be held in the privacy of the judge's chambers, not in open court.
- Courts sit in chambers or in open court generally merely as a matter of administrative convenience.
- Suddenly the door leading from the judges' chambers were flung open without the usual ceremonies.
- 2.2 (chambers) British Law Rooms used by a lawyer or lawyers.More example sentences
- This seems to have been his response to the creeping erosion of the square's residential character primarily by the spread of barristers' chambers.
- But try as they may the attractive, hard-faced young lawyers are little more than a side-show in this series about a fictional barristers' chambers in Leeds.
- The consumer may be king in a supermarket, but not in a barrister's chambers, an accountant's office, or a clinic.
- 3An enclosed space or cavity: an echo chamberMore example sentences
- An officer had to crawl through the narrow space leading to the chamber.
- Trulli are centuries-old stone and masonry cottages built from cylindrical room-size chambers - each enclosed by conical stone roofs.
- Held together with large screws and lit by bare light bulbs, these cramped quarters conflate domestic spaces with torture chambers.
- 3.1A large underground cavern.More example sentences
- The main turbine and generator chamber is one of the largest underground chambers excavated by man.
- Leaf-cutter ant colonies of many millions can excavate room-sized underground chambers in which they cultivate fungus gardens.
- His builders knew how to hew underground chambers without support, and they are still standing.
- 3.2The part of a gun bore that contains the charge or bullet.More example sentences
- The gun was of unusual design, with a series of explosive charges placed in side chambers extending obliquely from the barrel along its length, rather like the ribs on a fish-bone.
- The chambers and bore are free of rust and pitting.
- Cleaning the No.1 is a cinch because the chamber, bore and face of the breechblock are so accessible.
- 3.3 Biology A cavity in a plant, animal body, or organ: the four chambers of the heartMore example sentences
- Crocodilians' hearts have four chambers like mammals and birds, but there is a pore between the left and right ventricles which allows some mixing.
- A normal heart is divided into four hollow chambers, two on the right and two on the left.
- Unlike a human heart, which has two ventricles or pumping chambers, a reptile heart has only one.
- 4 [as modifier] Music Of or for a small group of instruments: a chamber concertMore example sentences
- Yet I have found interest in individual guitar family instruments for use in guitar duos, or chamber music ensembles.
- The orchestra was founded in 1951 by eight soloists from the most highly respected Viennese orchestras and chamber music ensembles.
- I was first violinist of a chamber orchestra, played the cello in Vienna.
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- Place (a bullet) into the chamber of a gun.More example sentences
- His dad had just finished chambering his last bullets.
- It was the unmistakable sound of a pump shotgun chambering a load.
- He ejected the clips of his guns and inserted fresh ones, chambering a round into the breach of each pistol.
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- The revolver is the first in a series of Taurus revolvers chambered for rimless cartridges and others will soon follow.
- Frontier revolvers chambered in .45 Colt have almost paper-thin cylinder walls and should be treated accordingly.
- The Schofield is chambered in .45 Colt and comes packed in an authentic, Western-style case.
Middle English (in the sense 'private room'): from Old French chambre, from Latin camera 'vault, arched chamber', from Greek kamara 'object with an arched cover'.