American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The chest of a human: He held the sleepy child to his bosom.
- n. A woman's breast or breasts.
- n. The part of a garment covering the chest or breasts.
- n. The security and closeness likened to being held in a warm familial embrace: We welcomed the stranger into the bosom of our family.
- n. The chest considered as the source of emotion.
- adj. Beloved; intimate: a bosom friend.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The breast; the subclavian and mammary regions of the thorax of a human being; the upper part of the chest.
- n. That part of one's clothing which covers the breast; especially, that portion of a shirt which covers the bosom, generally made of finer material than the rest.
- n. The inclosure formed by the breast and the arms; hence, embrace; compass; inclosure: as, to lie in one's bosom.
- n. The breast as the supposed abode of tender affections, desires, and passions.
- n. . Inclination; desire.
- n. Something regarded as resembling or representing in some respect the human bosom as a sustaining surface, an inclosed place, the interior, the inmost recess, etc.: as, the bosom of the earth or of the deep.
- n. A recess or shelving depression around the eye of a millstone.
- Of or pertaining to the bosom, either literally or figuratively. In particular— Worn or carried on or in the bosom: as, a bosom brooch.
- To inclose, harbor, or cherish in the bosom; embrace; keep with care; cherish intimately.
- To conceal; hide from view; embosom.
- n. The part of a dress etc. covering the chest; a neckline.
- adj. In a very close relationship.
- v. To enclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.
- v. To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The breast of a human being; the part, between the arms, to which anything is pressed when embraced by them.
- n. The breasts of a woman.
- n. The breast, considered as the seat of the passions, affections, and operations of the mind; consciousness; secret thoughts.
- n. Embrace; loving or affectionate inclosure; fold.
- n. Any thing or place resembling the breast; a supporting surface; an inner recess; the interior.
- n. The part of the dress worn upon the breast; an article, or a portion of an article, of dress to be worn upon the breast.
- n. obsolete Inclination; desire.
- n. A depression round the eye of a millstone.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the bosom.
- adj. Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved.
- v. To inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.
- v. To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.
- v. hide in one's bosom
- n. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
- n. a close affectionate and protective acceptance
- v. squeeze (someone) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness
- n. the locus of feelings and intuitions
- n. cloth that covers the chest or breasts
- n. the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept
- n. a person's breast or chest
- From Old English bōsm. Cognate with Dutch boezem, German Busen. From Proto-Indo-European *bheu-ə- (“to swell, bend, curve”), whence also Albanian buzë ("lip"), Romanian buză ("lip"), Irish bus ("lip"), and Latin bucca ("cheek"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English bōsm. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I don't know's he's what you call a bosom friend, and, as for his sleepin 'nights -- well, I never heard he couldn't do that, after he went to bed.”
“I have been bathing in the clear stream, at the end of my garden; the same stream in which I laved my careless bosom at thirteen; an idea which gave me inconceivable delight; and the more, as my bosom is as gay and tranquil at this moment as in those dear hours of chearfulness and innocence.”
“In North America and some countries in Europe, exposing the bosom is shockingly natural compared to Korea.”
“Then at intervals in a remote part of the enchanted grove, a delightfull thrill came through the bosom from the roll of the fife and the "spirit stirring Drum".”
“The bosom is back, apparently, thanks to Mad Men's buxom star.”
“In youth the bosom is beautifully high, arched and rounded, firm as stone to the touch, with the nipples erect and pointing outwards.”
“No man knows what the wife of his bosom is - no man knows what a ministering angel she is - until he has gone with her through the fiery trials of this world.”
“Then the thing that I bear in my bosom is not a heart;”
“And she touched the little dark violets pinned on her thin bosom and went back to the letter.”
“If you call your bosom friend a fool, and intend it for an insult, it is an insult; but if you do it playfully, and meaning no insult, it is not an insult.”
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