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[cheym-berd] /ˈtʃeɪm bərd/
having compartmental chambers:
a spiral chambered seashell.
Origin of chambered
1350-1400; Middle English. See chamber, -ed3
Related forms
unchambered, adjective


[cheym-ber] /ˈtʃeɪm bər/
a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, especially a bedroom:
She retired to her chamber.
a room in a palace or official residence.
the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
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.
a legislative, judicial, or other like body:
the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain's office.
(in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
a compartment or enclosed space; cavity:
a chamber of the heart.
(in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
(in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
of, relating to, or performing chamber music:
chamber players.
verb (used with object)
to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
to provide with a chamber.
1175-1225; Middle English chambre < Old French < Latin camera, variant of camara vaulted room, vault < Greek kamára
Related forms
underchamber, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chambered
  • Their shells vary from simple tubes and spheres to elaborate, multi-chambered spirals and long, striated pods.
  • At five weeks, an embryo has developed a four-chambered heart and begun pumping blood.
  • Bone tissue and a two-chambered mouse heart have both been successfully printed.
  • Some of the fastest-twitching muscles in the world reside in the two-chambered swim bladder of toadfish.
  • The dual-chambered reservoir sits inside a reinforced sleeve, but you can still feel it bulge as it inflates.
  • Everything impinges on everything else, as indeed is the case throughout the many-chambered retrospective.
  • They have complex, chambered stomachs that rely on a host of symbiotic bacteria for digestion.
  • Double- or triple-chambered piles allow for ease of turning.
  • The sergeant cleared the weapon and chambered a fresh round, and the rifle resumed firing without further hitch.
  • Exotic shells are displayed on the table, including those graceful, curved beauties known as chambered nautiluses.
British Dictionary definitions for chambered


a meeting hall, esp one used for a legislative or judicial assembly
a reception room or audience room in an official residence, palace, etc
(archaic or poetic) a room in a private house, esp a bedroom
  1. a legislative, deliberative, judicial, or administrative assembly
  2. any of the houses of a legislature
an enclosed space; compartment; cavity: the smallest chamber in the caves
the space between two gates of the locks of a canal, dry dock, etc
an enclosure for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or for a shell in the breech of a cannon
(obsolete) a place where the money of a government, corporation, etc, was stored; treasury
short for chamber pot
(NZ) the freezing room in an abattoir
(modifier) of, relating to, or suitable for chamber music: a chamber concert
(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 chambered

late 14c., past participle adjective from chamber (v.).



c.1200, "room," usually a private one, from Old French chambre "room, chamber, apartment," also used in combinations to form words for "latrine, privy" (11c.), from Late Latin camera "a chamber, room" (see camera). In anatomy from late 14c.; of machinery from 1769. Gunnery sense is from 1620s. Meaning "legislative body" is from c.1400. Chamber music (1789) was that meant to be performed in private rooms instead of public halls.


late 14c., "to restrain," also "to furnish with a chamber" (inplied in chambered, from chamber (n.). Related: Chambering.

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chambered in Medicine

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

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chambered 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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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