from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of the body between the neck and the abdomen, enclosed by the ribs and the breastbone; the thorax.
  • n. A sturdy box with a lid and often a lock, used especially for storage.
  • n. A small closet or cabinet with shelves for storing supplies: a medicine chest above the bathroom sink.
  • n. The treasury of a public institution.
  • n. The funds kept there.
  • n. A box for the shipping of certain goods, such as tea.
  • n. The quantity packed in such a box.
  • n. A sealed receptacle for liquid, gas, or steam.
  • n. A bureau; a dresser.
  • idiom get (something) off (one's) chest To vent one's pent-up feelings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A box, now usually a large strong box with a secure convex lid.
  • n. A coffin.
  • n. The place in which public money is kept; a treasury.
  • n. A chest of drawers.
  • n. The portion of the human body from the base of the neck to the top of the abdomen; the thorax. Also the analogous area in other animals.
  • n. A hit or blow made with one's chest (the front of one's body).
  • v. To hit with one's chest (front of one's body)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large box of wood, or other material, having, like a trunk, a lid, but no covering of skin, leather, or cloth.
  • n. A coffin.
  • n. The part of the body inclosed by the ribs and breastbone; the thorax.
  • n. A case in which certain goods, as tea, opium, etc., are transported; hence, the quantity which such a case contains.
  • n. A tight receptacle or box, usually for holding gas, steam, liquids, etc..
  • n. Strife; contention; controversy.
  • intransitive v. To deposit in a chest; to hoard.
  • intransitive v. To place in a coffin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deposit in a chest; hoard.
  • To place in a coffin.
  • n. A box, properly one of considerable size, made of wood, iron, or other material, with a hinged lid, used as a depository for treasure, papers of record, clothing, or other articles.
  • n. Specifically In com., a box-shaped case in which certain kinds of goods, as tea, indigo, opium, etc., are packed for transit.
  • n. The quantity such a case contains; a customary but uncertain measure of capacity for a few commodities: as, a chest of isinglass is 3½ hundredweight; a chest of cochineal is 1½ hundredweight.
  • n. A coffin.
  • n. The trunk of the body from the neck to the belly; the thorax (which see).
  • n. Debate; quarrel; strife; enmity.
  • n. The funds of a public institution, or the strong box, coffer, or place where such funds are, or are supposed to be, kept; the treasury: as, a military chest; the university chest; the chest for the relief of maimed manners; etc.
  • n. In organ-building, see wind-chest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy
  • n. furniture with drawers for keeping clothes
  • n. the front of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen
  • n. the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English cest, box, from West Germanic *kista, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English ċest ("box"), from Proto-Germanic *kistō, from Latin cista, from Ancient Greek κίστη (kistē, "chest, box, basket, hamper"), from Proto-Indo-European *kisteh₂ (“woven container”). Cognates from Germanic include Dutch kist, German Kiste.


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