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breast (n.)

Old English breost "mammary gland of a woman, bosom; the thorax or chest, part of the body between the neck and the belly; mind, thought, disposition," from Proto-Germanic *brust-/*breust- "breast" (source also of Old Saxon briost, Old Frisian briast, Old Norse brjost, Dutch borst, German brust, Gothic brusts), perhaps literally "swelling" and from PIE root *bhreus- "to swell, sprout" (source also of Middle Irish bruasach "having a broad, strong chest," Old Irish bruinne "breast").

The spelling conforms to the Scottish and northern England dialectal pronunciation. Figurative sense of "seat of the emotions and affections, repository of designs and secrets" was in Old English. Breast-plate "armor for the front of the body" is from late 14c. Breast-pump is from 1821.

breast (v.)

1590s, "to push the breast against," from breast (n.). From 1850 in figurative sense "meet boldly or openly." Related: Breasted; breasting.

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Definitions of breast from WordNet
1
breast (n.)
the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen;
he beat his breast in anger
Synonyms: chest
breast (n.)
either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman;
Synonyms: bosom / knocker / boob / tit / titty
breast (n.)
meat carved from the breast of a fowl;
Synonyms: white meat
breast (n.)
the part of an animal's body that corresponds to a person's chest;
2
breast (v.)
meet at breast level;
The runner breasted the tape
breast (v.)
reach the summit (of a mountain);
They breasted the mountain
Synonyms: summit
breast (v.)
confront bodily;
breast the storm
Synonyms: front
From wordnet.princeton.edu