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chest

[chest]
noun
1.
Anatomy. the trunk of the body from the neck to the abdomen; thorax.
2.
a box, usually with a lid, for storage, safekeeping of valuables, etc.: a toy chest; a jewelry chest.
3.
the place where the funds of a public institution or charitable organization are kept; treasury; coffer.
4.
the funds themselves.
5.
a box in which certain goods, as tea, are packed for transit.
6.
the quantity contained in such a box: a chest of spices.
8.
a small cabinet, especially one hung on a wall, for storage, as of toiletries and medicines: a medicine chest.
Idioms
9.
get (something) off one's chest, Informal. to relieve oneself of (problems, troubling thoughts, etc.) by revealing them to someone.
10.
play it close to the chest. vest ( def 16 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cest, cist < Latin cista < Greek kístē box

chestful [chest-fool] , noun

celibate, chased, chaste, chest.
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chest (tʃɛst)
 
n
1.  a.  the front part of the trunk from the neck to the bellyRelated: pectoral
 b.  (as modifier): a chest cold
2.  informal get something off one's chest to unburden oneself of troubles, worries, etc, by talking about them
3.  a box, usually large and sturdy, used for storage or shipping: a tea chest
4.  Also: chestful the quantity a chest holds
5.  rare
 a.  the place in which a public or charitable institution deposits its funds
 b.  the funds so deposited
6.  a sealed container or reservoir for a gas: a wind chest; a steam chest
 
Related: pectoral
 
[Old English cest, from Latin cista wooden box, basket, from Greek kistē box]
 
'chested
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

chest
O.E. cest "box, coffer," from P.Gmc. *kista, an early borrowing from L. cista, from Gk. kiste "a box, basket," from PIE *kista "woven container." Meaning extended to "thorax" 1530, replacing breast, on the metaphor of the ribs as a box for the organs. Chest of drawers is from 1599.
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Medical Dictionary

chest (chěst)
n.
The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; thorax.

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Bible Dictionary

Chest definition


(Heb. _'aron_, generally rendered "ark"), the coffer into which the contributions for the repair of the temple were put (2 Kings 12:9, 10; 2 Chr. 24:8, 10, 11). In Gen. 50:26 it is rendered "coffin." In Ezek. 27:24 a different Hebrew word, _genazim_ (plur.), is used. It there means "treasure-chests."

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