Definition of breast in English:

breast

noun

  • 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 cancer’
    • ‘All had terminal cancer of the breast, lung, gastrointestinal system or prostate gland.’
    • ‘She shook her upper body, her breasts swinging.’
    • ‘Almost all medicines for depression can pass into your breast milk.’
    • ‘The breasts enlarge as the milk ducts and milk-producing cells develop.’
    • ‘The physical reality is that women's breasts sag with childbirth and age, something that is unpreventable.’
    • ‘Talk to your doctor about which medications might effect your breast milk.’
    • ‘And there's also some big news on the breast cancer fight front tonight.’
    • ‘You may notice pink, red or purple streaks along your abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks or thighs.’
    • ‘The blanket was only just barely covering her breasts, and he cast his eyes aside immediately.’
    • ‘Site-specific increases were noted for cancers of the breast, stomach, lung/larynx, and ovary.’
    • ‘The most researched cancers are those of the bowel, breast, endometrium, prostate, testes, and lung.’
    • ‘Many organs in the body make ducts, including the breasts, liver, pancreas, salivary glands and eyes.’
    • ‘Female breasts physiologically are mammary glands, designed to convey nourishment to newborn babies.’
    • ‘Once your baby stops nursing, your breast milk will slowly dry up.’
    • ‘Some would argue that the only real function of the breast is to provide milk for the newborn.’
    • ‘Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in women, after cancer of the breast and colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘On examination a discrete lump was felt in the upper half of the breast.’
    • ‘After the menopause, breasts may feel softer and less lumpy.’
    • ‘It may also affect other areas of the body, particularly the elbows and the areas around the breasts.’
    • ‘Korean women usually do not pump their breast or store milk.’
    mammary gland, mamma
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  • 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 breast’
    • ‘When he woke up, he found Maria sound asleep on his breast.’
    • ‘The parts of the body I mentioned most often were hand and breast, usually one on the other.’
    • ‘Thinking to comfort her love, Seraph sat and cradled Heart to her breast, combing her hair to calm her.’
    • ‘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.’
    heart, soul, bosom, seat of one's emotions, seat of one's feelings, innermost being, core
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    1. 2.1 The part of a bird or mammal that corresponds to a person's chest.
      as modifier ‘the breast feathers of the doves’
      • ‘The young birds' breasts showed orange now as they looked hungrily to her, their eyes black and empty.’
      • ‘I also recommend that once the chick is weaned and independent, a microchip identification be placed into the breast muscle of the bird.’
      • ‘The passenger pigeon was an attractive bird with a blue back and a pink breast that existed in huge populations.’
      • ‘He reached up and stroked her breast feathers with one finger and smiled, a pained look on his face forming.’
      • ‘Then it preened its scaly breast feathers with a wide beak.’
      • ‘The brooch was a jeweled bird of paradise with a large sapphire forming the bird's breast.’
      • ‘Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.’
      • ‘A newborn rosie somewhat resembles a gray-speckled trout, with only a hint of the trademark pink breast.’
      • ‘The bird related the dragon's weak spot over his left breast.’
      • ‘By now the bird's breast and legs are a brilliant shade of rose-pink.’
      • ‘Then the brilliant crimson breast of an iiwi bird darts into view.’
      • ‘He lets go of the bird, touching its breast for a heartbeat.’
    2. 2.2 A joint of meat or portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird or mammal.
      ‘Lisa popped a breast of chicken into the microwave’
      • ‘Starting the bird breast down, then turning it over to brown, didn't keep the meat any moister.’
      • ‘Trim the chicken breasts and remove the tenderloins.’
      • ‘On my first visit, I enjoyed a roasted breast of chicken served with mashed potatoes shot through with truffle oil and fresh morels.’
      • ‘Carve the legs into slices and cut the breast into fillets.’
      • ‘She probably eats sandwiches that aren't pressed turkey breast on white bread with mayonnaise as well.’
      • ‘Our medium-size meal, based on an easy-to-roast turkey breast, is inspired by Persian flavors.’
      • ‘Place breast and dark meat slices into labeled freezer bags.’
      • ‘Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.’
      • ‘Separate skin from meat on breast and back of chicken.’
      • ‘Pheasant has virtually no fat so you will need to put fat bacon over its breast.’
      • ‘Bruises on the birds' breasts and legs are something to watch out for, they can turn the flesh bitter.’
      • ‘Then for my entree: boneless fried chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and noodle kugel.’
      • ‘I was ordering pallets full of skirt steaks and chicken breasts.’
      • ‘Remove the bacon from the birds' breasts and return them to the oven for 5 minutes.’
      • ‘Next, season the bird all over with salt and pepper, and lay the bacon over the breast with the rashers overlapping each other.’
      • ‘The food is excellent, and you cannot visit here without trying the duck breast.’
      • ‘The goal in cooking a turkey is to get your bird cooked and beautifully browned without drying out the breast.’
      • ‘She suggests you eat fish and lean cuts of meat, such as skinless chicken and turkey breasts.’
      • ‘Top each breast with one-quarter-cup sauce and three-quarter-ounce cheese.’
      • ‘Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.’
    3. 2.3 The part of a garment that covers the chest.
      as modifier ‘a breast pocket’
      • ‘There was a fake I.D. badge clipped to the lapel and the requisite pens in the breast pocket.’
      • ‘The school emblem on the left breast pocket and on the right sleeve looked classy together.’
      • ‘Donna rolled her eyes and snatched her sunglasses out of her breast pocket with a quick, skinny hand.’
      • ‘He removed a pen tucked into his breast pocket and clicked it a few times.’
      • ‘It is best known for the laurel logo on the left breast of polo-style shirts.’
      • ‘Staten put down what he was carrying and put the bill in the breast pocket of his tweed jacket.’
      • ‘She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.’
      • ‘Their badges were clipped on the left side of their shirts just above the breast pockets.’
      • ‘He is dressed in leisure clothes, a neat logo on the breast pocket of his shirt.’
      • ‘Much clothing carries a clear indication of its trade origin in internal labels commonly on the neck-band or inside the breast.’
      • ‘They wore navy blue brimmed caps that matched the double breast pocket long sleeve uniforms they wore.’
      • ‘Tight tops with short sleeves and breast pocket is detracting from your figure.’
      • ‘He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.’
      • ‘The stranger was adorning a special emblem on each breast and shoulder.’
      • ‘Golden silk was embroidered on the shoulders and the guild sign of the moon was placed on the left breast.’
      • ‘He picked up the bottle and shoved it into the breast pocket of his shirt, which lay crumpled on the night stand.’
      • ‘She stuffs it into the breast pocket of his sports jacket.’
      • ‘He was dressed casually, wearing khaki cargo pants, a dark blue tee shirt with a single breast pocket, and brown hiking boots.’
      • ‘The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.’
      • ‘I move them up to my breast pocket, letting them poke out just a little, like a handkerchief.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Face and move forwards against or through (something)

    ‘I watched him breast the wave’
    • ‘Gripping his crooked staff, the wizard breasted the gasps of indignation and began speaking in a powerful voice.’
    • ‘Two huge English gals with shoulders like walruses breasted the waves in perfect unison.’
    • ‘It was the same feeling he had when breasting the traffic - a swimmer plunging into the crest of a wave would know what he meant.’
    • ‘He breasted the finish line in five hours and two minutes.’
    • ‘On the Potomac, swan-white power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.’
    1. 1.1 Reach the top of (a hill)
      ‘a pair of riders breasted the rise ahead’
      • ‘Once I breasted the summit ridge a cold blast of wind hit me.’
      • ‘It turned out to be the highlight of the expedition, the day they breasted the icecap.’
      • ‘The train made the climb and breasted the summit at a virtually steady 60 mph.’
      • ‘As the first rays of the sun breasted the peak of the mountain, the enemy slowed.’

Phrases

  • beat one's breast

    • Make an exaggerated show of sorrow, despair, or regret.

      • ‘In contrast to Antony's desire to blame anyone but himself, Cleopatra spends much of her first speech beating her breast.’
      • ‘I bet you are wailing and gnashing your teeth and beating your breast with many small whips as you ponder this.’
      • ‘He admits he has done wrong but refuses to beat his breast or elaborate on his plea.’
      • ‘Let's all hope that the politician does more than beats his breast and really gives us an impartial look at corporate America.’
      • ‘At the peak of her ambiguous angst, she beats her breast in sappy mourning upon the death of her father.’
      howl, weep, cry, sob, moan, groan, keen, lament, yowl, blubber, snivel, whimper, whine, squall, bawl, shriek, scream, yelp, caterwaul, waul
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

breast

/brɛst/