Definition of breast in English:

breast

noun

  • 1Either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman's body that secrete milk after pregnancy.

    • ‘It may also affect other areas of the body, particularly the elbows and the areas around the breasts.’
    • ‘All had terminal cancer of the breast, lung, gastrointestinal system or prostate gland.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in women, after cancer of the breast and colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘Some would argue that the only real function of the breast is to provide milk for the newborn.’
    • ‘The most researched cancers are those of the bowel, breast, endometrium, prostate, testes, and lung.’
    • ‘She shook her upper body, her breasts swinging.’
    • ‘Once your baby stops nursing, your breast milk will slowly dry up.’
    • ‘Female breasts physiologically are mammary glands, designed to convey nourishment to newborn babies.’
    • ‘Talk to your doctor about which medications might effect your breast milk.’
    • ‘Korean women usually do not pump their breast or store milk.’
    • ‘The blanket was only just barely covering her breasts, and he cast his eyes aside immediately.’
    • ‘Almost all medicines for depression can pass into your breast milk.’
    • ‘On examination a discrete lump was felt in the upper half of the breast.’
    • ‘Many organs in the body make ducts, including the breasts, liver, pancreas, salivary glands and eyes.’
    • ‘And there's also some big news on the breast cancer fight front tonight.’
    • ‘Site-specific increases were noted for cancers of the breast, stomach, lung/larynx, and ovary.’
    • ‘You may notice pink, red or purple streaks along your abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks or thighs.’
    • ‘After the menopause, breasts may feel softer and less lumpy.’
    mammary gland, mamma
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    1. 1.1The less-developed part of a man's body corresponding with a woman's breast.
      • ‘Her head was resting just at the top of her lover's breast.’
      • ‘He stops the blade inches from the man's breast.’
      • ‘Shylock raised his knife to inflict the fatal wound to his enemy's breast.’
      • ‘The arrow's shaft, embedded in the demon's breast, cast a long, thin shadow in the dim light.’
    2. 1.2A person's chest.
      ‘her heart was hammering in her breast’
      • ‘The parts of the body I mentioned most often were hand and breast, usually one on the other.’
      • ‘When he woke up, he found Maria sound asleep on his breast.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3The chest of a bird or mammal.
      [as modifier] ‘the breast feathers of the doves’
      • ‘He lets go of the bird, touching its breast for a heartbeat.’
      • ‘Then the brilliant crimson breast of an iiwi bird darts into view.’
      • ‘The bird related the dragon's weak spot over his left breast.’
      • ‘The passenger pigeon was an attractive bird with a blue back and a pink breast that existed in huge populations.’
      • ‘Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.’
      • ‘He reached up and stroked her breast feathers with one finger and smiled, a pained look on his face forming.’
      • ‘The brooch was a jeweled bird of paradise with a large sapphire forming the bird's breast.’
      • ‘A newborn rosie somewhat resembles a gray-speckled trout, with only a hint of the trademark pink breast.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By now the bird's breast and legs are a brilliant shade of rose-pink.’
      • ‘I also recommend that once the chick is weaned and independent, a microchip identification be placed into the breast muscle of the bird.’
    4. 1.4A portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird.
      ‘a grilled chicken breast’
      • ‘Top each breast with one-quarter-cup sauce and three-quarter-ounce cheese.’
      • ‘She suggests you eat fish and lean cuts of meat, such as skinless chicken and turkey breasts.’
      • ‘The goal in cooking a turkey is to get your bird cooked and beautifully browned without drying out the breast.’
      • ‘Our medium-size meal, based on an easy-to-roast turkey breast, is inspired by Persian flavors.’
      • ‘I was ordering pallets full of skirt steaks and chicken breasts.’
      • ‘Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.’
      • ‘Starting the bird breast down, then turning it over to brown, didn't keep the meat any moister.’
      • ‘Next, season the bird all over with salt and pepper, and lay the bacon over the breast with the rashers overlapping each other.’
      • ‘Then for my entree: boneless fried chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and noodle kugel.’
      • ‘Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.’
      • ‘Separate skin from meat on breast and back of chicken.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The food is excellent, and you cannot visit here without trying the duck breast.’
      • ‘Place breast and dark meat slices into labeled freezer bags.’
      • ‘Remove the bacon from the birds' breasts and return them to the oven for 5 minutes.’
      • ‘Trim the chicken breasts and remove the tenderloins.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She probably eats sandwiches that aren't pressed turkey breast on white bread with mayonnaise as well.’
    5. 1.5The part of a garment that covers the chest.
      [as modifier] ‘a breast pocket’
      • ‘He was dressed casually, wearing khaki cargo pants, a dark blue tee shirt with a single breast pocket, and brown hiking boots.’
      • ‘Donna rolled her eyes and snatched her sunglasses out of her breast pocket with a quick, skinny hand.’
      • ‘Staten put down what he was carrying and put the bill in the breast pocket of his tweed jacket.’
      • ‘It is best known for the laurel logo on the left breast of polo-style shirts.’
      • ‘Their badges were clipped on the left side of their shirts just above the breast pockets.’
      • ‘The stranger was adorning a special emblem on each breast and shoulder.’
      • ‘He is dressed in leisure clothes, a neat logo on the breast pocket of his shirt.’
      • ‘The school emblem on the left breast pocket and on the right sleeve looked classy together.’
      • ‘He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.’
      • ‘Much clothing carries a clear indication of its trade origin in internal labels commonly on the neck-band or inside the breast.’
      • ‘I move them up to my breast pocket, letting them poke out just a little, like a handkerchief.’
      • ‘She stuffs it into the breast pocket of his sports jacket.’
      • ‘They wore navy blue brimmed caps that matched the double breast pocket long sleeve uniforms they wore.’
      • ‘He picked up the bottle and shoved it into the breast pocket of his shirt, which lay crumpled on the night stand.’
      • ‘Tight tops with short sleeves and breast pocket is detracting from your figure.’
      • ‘She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.’
      • ‘He removed a pen tucked into his breast pocket and clicked it a few times.’
      • ‘Golden silk was embroidered on the shoulders and the guild sign of the moon was placed on the left breast.’
      • ‘There was a fake I.D. badge clipped to the lapel and the requisite pens in the breast pocket.’
      • ‘The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Face and move forward against or through (something)

    ‘I watched him breast the wave’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gripping his crooked staff, the wizard breasted the gasps of indignation and began speaking in a powerful voice.’
    1. 1.1Reach the top of (a hill)
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once I breasted the summit ridge a cold blast of wind hit me.’

Phrases

  • beat one's breast

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • make a clean breast of something

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

breast

/brest/