Definition of breast in US English:

breast

noun

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

    • ‘Talk to your doctor about which medications might effect your breast milk.’
    • ‘The physical reality is that women's breasts sag with childbirth and age, something that is unpreventable.’
    • ‘Many organs in the body make ducts, including the breasts, liver, pancreas, salivary glands and eyes.’
    • ‘She shook her upper body, her breasts swinging.’
    • ‘It may also affect other areas of the body, particularly the elbows and the areas around the breasts.’
    • ‘And there's also some big news on the breast cancer fight front tonight.’
    • ‘The breasts enlarge as the milk ducts and milk-producing cells develop.’
    • ‘The blanket was only just barely covering her breasts, and he cast his eyes aside immediately.’
    • ‘You may notice pink, red or purple streaks along your abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks or thighs.’
    • ‘Female breasts physiologically are mammary glands, designed to convey nourishment to newborn babies.’
    • ‘Korean women usually do not pump their breast or store milk.’
    • ‘Some would argue that the only real function of the breast is to provide milk for the newborn.’
    • ‘Once your baby stops nursing, your breast milk will slowly dry up.’
    • ‘Almost all medicines for depression can pass into your breast milk.’
    • ‘All had terminal cancer of the breast, lung, gastrointestinal system or prostate gland.’
    • ‘On examination a discrete lump was felt in the upper half of the breast.’
    • ‘The most researched cancers are those of the bowel, breast, endometrium, prostate, testes, and lung.’
    • ‘Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in women, after cancer of the breast and colorectal cancer.’
    • ‘Site-specific increases were noted for cancers of the breast, stomach, lung/larynx, and ovary.’
    • ‘After the menopause, breasts may feel softer and less lumpy.’
    mammary gland, mamma
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    1. 1.1 The less-developed part of a man's body corresponding with a woman's breast.
      • ‘Shylock raised his knife to inflict the fatal wound to his enemy's breast.’
      • ‘He stops the blade inches from the man's breast.’
      • ‘The arrow's shaft, embedded in the demon's breast, cast a long, thin shadow in the dim light.’
      • ‘Her head was resting just at the top of her lover's breast.’
    2. 1.2 A person's chest.
      ‘her heart was hammering in her breast’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      heart, soul, bosom, seat of one's emotions, seat of one's feelings, innermost being, core
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    3. 1.3 The chest of a bird or mammal.
      as modifier ‘the breast feathers of the doves’
      • ‘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 passenger pigeon was an attractive bird with a blue back and a pink breast that existed in huge populations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A newborn rosie somewhat resembles a gray-speckled trout, with only a hint of the trademark pink breast.’
      • ‘By now the bird's breast and legs are a brilliant shade of rose-pink.’
      • ‘The bird related the dragon's weak spot over his left breast.’
      • ‘Then the brilliant crimson breast of an iiwi bird darts into view.’
      • ‘The brooch was a jeweled bird of paradise with a large sapphire forming the bird's breast.’
      • ‘He lets go of the bird, touching its breast for a heartbeat.’
      • ‘Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.’
    4. 1.4 A portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird.
      ‘a grilled chicken breast’
      • ‘She suggests you eat fish and lean cuts of meat, such as skinless chicken and turkey breasts.’
      • ‘Our medium-size meal, based on an easy-to-roast turkey breast, is inspired by Persian flavors.’
      • ‘Trim the chicken breasts and remove the tenderloins.’
      • ‘Carve the legs into slices and cut the breast into fillets.’
      • ‘Remove the bacon from the birds' breasts and return them to the oven for 5 minutes.’
      • ‘Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Starting the bird breast down, then turning it over to brown, didn't keep the meat any moister.’
      • ‘On my first visit, I enjoyed a roasted breast of chicken served with mashed potatoes shot through with truffle oil and fresh morels.’
      • ‘The food is excellent, and you cannot visit here without trying the duck breast.’
      • ‘Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.’
      • ‘The goal in cooking a turkey is to get your bird cooked and beautifully browned without drying out the breast.’
      • ‘Pheasant has virtually no fat so you will need to put fat bacon over its breast.’
      • ‘She probably eats sandwiches that aren't pressed turkey breast on white bread with mayonnaise as well.’
      • ‘Next, season the bird all over with salt and pepper, and lay the bacon over the breast with the rashers overlapping each other.’
      • ‘Separate skin from meat on breast and back of chicken.’
      • ‘Place breast and dark meat slices into labeled freezer bags.’
      • ‘Top each breast with one-quarter-cup sauce and three-quarter-ounce cheese.’
      • ‘I was ordering pallets full of skirt steaks and chicken breasts.’
    5. 1.5 The part of a garment that covers the chest.
      as modifier ‘a breast pocket’
      • ‘Staten put down what he was carrying and put the bill in the breast pocket of his tweed jacket.’
      • ‘The stranger was adorning a special emblem on each breast and shoulder.’
      • ‘He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.’
      • ‘He is dressed in leisure clothes, a neat logo on the breast pocket of his shirt.’
      • ‘She stuffs it into the breast pocket of his sports jacket.’
      • ‘She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.’
      • ‘I move them up to my breast pocket, letting them poke out just a little, like a handkerchief.’
      • ‘It is best known for the laurel logo on the left breast of polo-style shirts.’
      • ‘He picked up the bottle and shoved it into the breast pocket of his shirt, which lay crumpled on the night stand.’
      • ‘He was dressed casually, wearing khaki cargo pants, a dark blue tee shirt with a single breast pocket, and brown hiking boots.’
      • ‘Their badges were clipped on the left side of their shirts just above the breast pockets.’
      • ‘Tight tops with short sleeves and breast pocket is detracting from your figure.’
      • ‘Golden silk was embroidered on the shoulders and the guild sign of the moon was placed on the left breast.’
      • ‘The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.’
      • ‘He removed a pen tucked into his breast pocket and clicked it a few times.’
      • ‘The school emblem on the left breast pocket and on the right sleeve looked classy together.’
      • ‘Much clothing carries a clear indication of its trade origin in internal labels commonly on the neck-band or inside the breast.’
      • ‘Donna rolled her eyes and snatched her sunglasses out of her breast pocket with a quick, skinny hand.’
      • ‘There was a fake I.D. badge clipped to the lapel and the requisite pens in the breast pocket.’
      • ‘They wore navy blue brimmed caps that matched the double breast pocket long sleeve uniforms they wore.’

verb

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

    ‘I watched him breast the wave’
    • ‘Two huge English gals with shoulders like walruses breasted the waves in perfect unison.’
    • ‘On the Potomac, swan-white power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Reach the top of (a hill).
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • beat one's breast

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

      • ‘He admits he has done wrong but refuses to beat his breast or elaborate on his plea.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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  • make a clean breast of something

Origin

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

Pronunciation

breast

/brɛst//brest/