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Chest (noun)

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Chest. n.s. [cẏꞅꞇ, Sax. cista, Lat.]

  1. A box of wood or other materials, in which things are laid up.

    He will seek there, on my word: neither press, chest, trunk, well, vault, but he hath an abstract for the remembrance of such places. Shakesp. Merry Wives of Windsor.

    But more have been by avarice opprest,
    And heaps of money crowded in the chest.
    Dryd. Juv. Sat.

  2. A Chest of Drawers. A case with boxes or drawers.

  3. The trunk of the body, or cavity from the shoulders to the belly.

    Such as have round faces, or broad chests, or shoulders, have seldom or never long necks. Brown's Vul. Err. b. vii. c. 14.

    He describes another by the largeness of his chest, and breadth of his shoulders. Pope's Notes on the Iliad.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (204) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Chest (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 12, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=17533.


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