Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • I have private access to the house -- to your sister's chamber -- _her chamber_ -- mark you that!

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  • That way neither chamber is attesting it agrees with what it does not, in fact, agree with, and only one bill is enrolled (expressing the will of a majority of each chamber), and only one bill is presented to the president.

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  • The shattered debris collected in the chamber is then reused to make lights and other cool stuff, prolonging the life of the bottles that once held your brew.

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  • He said the chamber is the victim of "a smear campaign" orchestrated with the involvement of the White House.

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  • In such a scenario, just who would control the chamber is a matter of debate, hinging on what powers are held by the lieutenant governor, who is granted a "casting vote" by the state constitution without further explanation of what that term means.

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  • One group in the debate is what I call the chamber of commerce chorus.

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  • That ring you see in front of the chamber is the forcing cone, where the chamber tapers to bore diameter.

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  • Whenever he came into a new territory, he established what he called his chamber of claims, a most convenient device, by which he inquired whether the conquered country or province had any dormant or disputed claims—any cause of complaint—any unsettled demand upon any other state or province—upon which he might wage war upon such state, thereby discover again ground for new devastation, and gratify his ambition by new acquisitions.

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  • When he went to the bedroom after supper, he found that the cradle and his wife's few little boxes and parcels -- poor pathetic properties -- had been removed to the garret which they called a chamber, and he knew he was to sleep alone again.

    The Arena Volume 4, No. 20, July, 1891

  • Sziszkinski was completely equipped, von Schalckenberg quickly donned his own suit, after which the quartette left the diving-room and entered what they called the chamber of egress, carefully closing and securing the door behind them.

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  • I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
    Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
    When the wind blows the water white and black.

    We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
    By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
    Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

    - T.S. Eliot, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'.

    September 23, 2009