from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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.
- transitive v. To inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.
- transitive v. To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.
from The 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.
- To inclose, harbor, or cherish in the bosom; embrace; keep with care; cherish intimately.
- To conceal; hide from view; embosom.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English, from Old English bōsm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)