from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A room in a house, especially a bedroom.
- n. A room where a person of authority, rank, or importance receives visitors.
- n. A room in which a judge may consult privately with attorneys or hear cases not taken into court.
- n. Chiefly British A suite of rooms, especially one used by lawyers.
- n. A hall for the meetings of a legislative or other assembly.
- n. A legislative or judicial body.
- n. A board or council.
- n. A place where municipal or state funds are received and held; a treasury.
- n. An enclosed space or compartment: the chamber of a pump; a compression chamber.
- n. An enclosed space in the body of an organism; a cavity: the four chambers of the heart.
- n. A compartment in a firearm, as in the breech of a rifle or the cylinder of a revolver, that holds the cartridge in readiness for firing.
- n. An enclosed space in the bore of a gun that holds the charge.
- transitive v. To put in or as if in a chamber; enclose or confine.
- transitive v. To furnish with a chamber.
- transitive v. To design or manufacture (a firearm) to hold a specific type of cartridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A room, especially one used primarily for sleeping; bedroom, sleeping room.
- n. An enclosed space. For example, a test chamber is typically a closable case where devices under test are placed.
- n. In a firearm, this is the portion of the weapon that holds the ammunition round immediately prior to (and during initiation of) its discharge.
- n. One of the legislative bodies in a government where multiple such bodies exist, or a single such body in comparison to others.
- v. To enclose in a room.
- v. To place in a chamber, as a round of ammunition.
- v. To create or modify a gun to be a specific caliber.
- v. In martial arts, to prepare an offensive, defensive, or counteroffensive action by drawing a limb or weapon to a position where it may be charged with kinetic energy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A retired room, esp. an upper room used for sleeping; a bedroom.
- n. Apartments in a lodging house.
- n. A hall, as where a king gives audience, or a deliberative body or assembly meets.
- n. A legislative or judicial body; an assembly; a society or association.
- n. A compartment or cell; an inclosed space or cavity.
- n. A room or rooms where a lawyer transacts business; a room or rooms where a judge transacts such official business as may be done out of court.
- n. A chamber pot.
- n. That part of the bore of a piece of ordnance which holds the charge, esp. when of different diameter from the rest of the bore; -- formerly, in guns, made smaller than the bore, but now larger, esp. in breech-loading guns.
- n. A cavity in a mine, usually of a cubical form, to contain the powder.
- n. A short piece of ordnance or cannon, which stood on its breech, without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for rejoicings and theatrical cannonades.
- intransitive v. To reside in or occupy a chamber or chambers.
- intransitive v. To be lascivious.
- transitive v. To shut up, as in a chamber.
- transitive v. To furnish with a chamber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A room of a dwelling-house; an apartment; specifically, a sleeping-apartment; a bedroom.
- n. plural
- n. A room or rooms where professional men, as lawyers, conduct their business; especially, any place out of court (usually a room set apart for this purpose) where a judge may dispose of questions of procedure of a class not sufficiently important to be heard and argued in court, or too urgent to await a term of court: distinctively called judges' chambers.
- n. Furnished rooms hired for residence in the house of another; lodgings: as, “a bachelor life in chambers,”
- n. A place where an assembly meets: as, a legislative chamber, ecclesiastical chamber, privy chamber, etc.— 4. The assembly itself; sometimes, specifically, one of the branches of a legislative assembly: as, the New York Chamber of Commerce; a meeting of the legislative chamber.
- n. A compartment or inclosed space; a hollow or cavity: as, the chambers of the eye (see below); the chamber of a furnace.
- n. Specifically— In hydraulic engin,:
- n. The space between the gates of a canal-lock.
- n. The part of a pump in which the bucket of a plunger works.
- n. Milit.:
- n. That part of a barrel, at the breech of a firearm or piece of ordnance, which is enlarged to receive the charge or cartridge; also, a receptacle for a cartridge in the cylinder of a revolver or of a breech-loading gun.
- n. An underground cavity or mine for holding powder and bombs, where they may be safe and dry. Distinctively called powder-chamber and bomb-chamber.
- n. The indentation in an axle-box, designed to hold the lubricant.
- n. That part of a mold containing the exterior part of a casting and covering the core in hollow castings.
- n. In anatomy: A cavity representing the urogenital sinus of the embryo undifferentiated into a prostatic and bulbous urethra.
- n. See chambers of the eye, below.
- n. In conchology:
- n. The interval between the septa of the camerated shell of a cephalopod, such as species of Nautilus or Ammonites, as well as the portion of the shell in which the animal rests.
- n. A cavity separated from another or the main part of the interior of the shell by a septum.
- n. In coal-mining, same as breast or room. See breast.
- n. A short piece of ordnance without a carriage and standing on its breech, formerly used chiefly for rejoicings and theatrical purposes.
- n. A bedroom utensil, used for containing urine; a chamber-pot.
- n. A court in the Netherlands where cases relating to insurance are tried.
- To reside in or occupy a chamber.
- To fit snugly, as layers of buckshot in the barrel of a gun or in a cartridge. See extract under II., 3.
- To shut up in or as in a chamber.
- To furnish with a chamber, as the barrel of a breech-loading firearm.
- To fit into tho barrel of a gun or into a cartridge, as buckshot.
- n. The place where the moneys due the government (municipal or other) are received and kept; the treasury; the chamberlain's office. See chamberlain, 2.
- n. of the British and American Divines who in 1870 and following year's produced the present Revised Version of the Bible; and
- n. of the Upper House of Convocation of the Province of Canterbury: so named from its tapestried walls which show many scenes from Jerusalem. Here Henry IV. died.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a room used primarily for sleeping
- v. place in a chamber
- n. an enclosed volume in the body
- n. a natural or artificial enclosed space
- n. a room where a judge transacts business
- n. a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly
Middle English chaumbre, from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera, chamber, from Latin, vault, from Greek kamarā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chambre, from Latin camera, from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara, "vaulted chamber"). (Wiktionary)