- 1Either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman’s body which secrete milk after childbirth: Caroline crossed her arms over her breasts [as modifier]: breast cancerMore example sentences
bosom(s), bust, chestAustralian • informal norksNorth American • vulgar slang hooters
- All had terminal cancer of the breast, lung, gastrointestinal system or prostate gland.
- You may notice pink, red or purple streaks along your abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks or thighs.
- The most researched cancers are those of the bowel, breast, endometrium, prostate, testes, and lung.
- 2A person’s chest, especially when regarded as the seat of the emotions: wild feelings of frustration were rising up in his breast her heart was hammering in her breastMore example sentences
- The growth can invade local tissues of the breast and chest wall as well as spread through the blood and lymphatic systems.
- She sat on the back seat, pressing the envelope to her breast.
- When he woke up, he found Maria sound asleep on his breast.
- 2.1The part of a bird or mammal that corresponds to a person’s chest: [as modifier]: the breast feathers of the dovesMore example sentences
- The young birds' breasts showed orange now as they looked hungrily to her, their eyes black and empty.
- Then it preened its scaly breast feathers with a wide beak.
- Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.
- 2.2A joint of meat or portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird or mammal: Lisa popped a breast of chicken into the microwaveMore example sentences
- Then for my entree: boneless fried chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and noodle kugel.
- Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.
- Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.
- 2.3The part of a garment that covers the chest: [as modifier]: a breast pocketMore example sentences
- She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.
- The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.
- He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.
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- 1Face and move forwards against or through (something): I watched him breast the waveMore example sentences
- On the Potomac, swan-white power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.
- Two huge English gals with shoulders like walruses breasted the waves in perfect unison.
- He breasted the finish line in five hours and two minutes.
- 1.1Reach the top of (a hill): a pair of riders breasted the rise aheadMore example sentences
- It turned out to be the highlight of the expedition, the day they breasted the icecap.
- As the first rays of the sun breasted the peak of the mountain, the enemy slowed.
- The train made the climb and breasted the summit at a virtually steady 60 mph.
beat one's breast
- Make an exaggerated show of sorrow, despair, or regret.More example sentences
- At the peak of her ambiguous angst, she beats her breast in sappy mourning upon the death of her father.
- I bet you are wailing and gnashing your teeth and beating your breast with many small whips as you ponder this.
- In contrast to Antony's desire to blame anyone but himself, Cleopatra spends much of her first speech beating her breast.
Old English brēost, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch borst and German Brust.