breast Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen
    • he beat his breast in anger
  2. noun either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
    titty; tit; bosom; knocker; boob.
  3. noun meat carved from the breast of a fowl
    white meat.
  4. noun the part of an animal's body that corresponds to a person's chest
  5. verb meet at breast level
    • The runner breasted the tape
  6. verb reach the summit (of a mountain)
    • They breasted the mountain
    • Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit
  7. verb confront bodily
    • breast the storm


Breast noun
OE. brest, breost, As. breóst; akin to Icel. brjst, Sw. bröst, Dan. bryst, Goth. brusts, OS. briost, D. borst, G. brust.
  1. The fore part of the body, between the neck and the belly; the chest; as, the breast of a man or of a horse.
  2. Either one of the protuberant glands, situated on the front of the chest or thorax in the female of man and of some other mammalia, in which milk is secreted for the nourishment of the young; a mammma; a teat.
    My brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother. Cant. viii. 1.
  3. Anything resembling the human breast, or bosom; the front or forward part of anything; as, a chimney breast; a plow breast; the breast of a hill.
    Mountains on whose barren breast The laboring clouds do often rest. Milton.
  4. (Mining) (a) The face of a coal working. (b) The front of a furnace.
  5. The seat of consciousness; the repository of thought and self-consciousness, or of secrets; the seat of the affections and passions; the heart.
    He has a loyal breast. Shak.
  6. The power of singing; a musical voice; -- so called, probably, from the connection of the voice with the lungs, which lie within the breast. Obs.
    By my troth, the fool has an excellent breast. Shak.
Breast transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Breasted; present participle & verbal noun Breasted
  1. To meet, with the breast; to struggle with or oppose manfully; as, to breast the storm or waves.
    The court breasted the popular current by sustaining the demurrer. Wirt.

Webster 1913