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chamber

[cheym-ber] /ˈtʃeɪm bər/
noun
1.
a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, especially a bedroom:
She retired to her chamber.
2.
a room in a palace or official residence.
3.
the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
4.
chambers, Law.
  1. a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
  2. the private office of a judge.
  3. (in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, especially in the Inns of Court.
5.
a legislative, judicial, or other like body:
the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
6.
an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
7.
the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain's office.
8.
(in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
9.
a compartment or enclosed space; cavity:
a chamber of the heart.
10.
(in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
11.
a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
12.
(in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
adjective
14.
of, pertaining to, or performing chamber music:
chamber players.
verb (used with object)
15.
to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
16.
to provide with a chamber.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English chambre < Old French < Latin camera, variant of camara vaulted room, vault < Greek kamára
Related forms
underchamber, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for chambering

chamber

/ˈtʃeɪmbə/
noun
1.
a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
2.
a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
3.
(archaic or poetic) a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
4.
  1. a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
  2. any of the houses of a legislature
5.
an enclosed space; compartment; cavity the smallest chamber in the caves
6.
the space between two gates of the locks of a canal, dry dock, etc
7.
an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
8.
(obsolete) a place where the money of a government, corporation, etc, was stored; treasury
9.
short for chamber pot
10.
(NZ) the freezing room in an abattoir
11.
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber music a chamber concert
verb
12.
(transitive) to put in or provide with a chamber
See also chambers
Word Origin
C13: from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera room, Latin: vault, from Greek kamara
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Word Origin and History for chambering
chamber
early 13c., from O.Fr. chambre, from L.L. camera "a chamber, room" (see camera). Chamber-pot is from 1560s; chambermaid is from 1580s.
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chambering in Medicine

chamber cham·ber (chām'bər)
n.
A compartment or enclosed space.

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chambering in the Bible

"on the wall," which the Shunammite prepared for the prophet Elisha (2 Kings 4:10), was an upper chamber over the porch through the hall toward the street. This was the "guest chamber" where entertainments were prepared (Mark 14:14). There were also "chambers within chambers" (1 Kings 22:25; 2 Kings 9:2). To enter into a chamber is used metaphorically of prayer and communion with God (Isa. 26:20). The "chambers of the south" (Job 9:9) are probably the constelations of the southern hemisphere. The "chambers of imagery", i.e., chambers painted with images, as used by Ezekiel (8:12), is an expression denoting the vision the prophet had of the abominations practised by the Jews in Jerusalem.


(Rom. 13:13), wantonness, impurity.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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