from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of breast.
  • n. The curved channel in which a breastwheel turns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The curved channel in which a breast wheel turns. It is closely adapted to the curve of the wheel through about a quarter of its circumference, and prevents the escape of the water until it has spent its force upon the wheel. See breast wheel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In machinery, the curved channel in which a breast-wheel turns.
  • n. The bed against which the wheel of a ragengine works.
  • n. A method of deer-hunting in which several horsemen ride abreast through the cover and shoot from the saddle.
  • n. Same as breast-stoping.


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  • Twice, after tortuous effort, squirming and twisting, he failed in breasting the big trunk, and on the third attempt, after infinite exertion, he cleared it only to topple helplessly forward and fall on his face in the tangled undergrowth.

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  • Others waddled, Dominic Cork bustled, Richard Ellison scampered, Derek Pringle pranced doing a kind of human dressage, and the more rotund were as chest-on as an old maid breasting the billows off Cromer beach in early spring.

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  • The one, half-amphibian, breasting the water with muscular arms, could not hope to overtake or escape an enemy who propelled a fire-hollowed tree trunk by means of a wooden paddle; nor could the other, trusting to his own nimbleness, compete with a foe who careered wildly across the plain on the back of a half-broken stallion.

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  • Orson Welles's Othello "waded through the great speeches, pausing before the stronger words like a landing craft breasting a swell."

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  • Generally speaking, lucky folk who do get lots of birds have to take practical steps, the rest of us can cook the whole bird. with all birds, even doves, if not breasting out be sure to open up the throat and clean out the crop.

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  • I'm a brilliant polymath, a clocked genius breasting the tape as an expert in philosophy, literature, sociology, quantum theory, a virtuoso on all stringed and keyed instruments, a capable visual artist, and an obscenely degenerate chain-smoking drunk!

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  • On the flat roof, where post office workers were once provided with segregated male and female shooting ranges, is stationed a white resin figure, breasting the elements.

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  • My father stalked the bridge like a trainee version of the grizzled Captain McWhirr in Conrad's Typhoon, or a general sort of Conradian amalgam, grimly breasting aside Fate, thinking how nice it would be if only he could harbour some dark secret or had some hidden flaw which a crisis would fatally show up.

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  • The storm creates a murkiness through which "the easterly death-wind" comes "breasting."

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  • He did that thing that good surfers do—the crouch, the aggressive leaning forward into the next move as if breasting a stiff wind, the legs and board almost acting independently of the torso, working the wave as the head and shoulders fare forward as if driven under sail like a figurehead.



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