Bos"om (?), n. [AS. bsm; akin to D. bozem, Fries. bsm, OHG. puosum, G. busen, and prob. E. bough.]

1.

The breast of a human being; the part, between the arms, to which anything is pressed when embraced by them.

You must prepare your bosom for his knife. Shak.

2.

The breast, considered as the seat of the passions, affections, and operations of the mind; consciousness; seet thoughts.

Tut, I am in their bosoms, and I know Wherefore they do it. Shak.

If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom. Job xxxi. 33.

3.

Embrace; loving or affectionate inclosure; fold.

Within the bosom of that church. Hooker.

4.

Any thing or place resembling the breast; a supporting surface; an inner recess; the interior; as, the bosom of the earth.

"The bosom of the ocean."

Addison.

5.

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; as, the bosom of a shirt; a linen bosom.

He put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. Ex. iv. 6.

6.

Inclination; desire.

[Obs.]

Shak.

7.

A depression round the eye of a millstone.

Knight.

 

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Bos"om, a.

1.

Of or pertaining to the bosom.

2.

Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished; beloved; as, a bosom friend.

 

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Bos"om, v. t. [p. & p. p. Bosomed (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Bosoming.]

1.

To inclose or carry in the bosom; to keep with care; to take to heart; to cherish.

Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome. Shak.

2.

To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.

To happy convents bosomed deep in vines. Pope.

 

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