Chest (?), n. [OE. chest, chist, AS. cest, cist, cyst, L. cista, fr. Gr. . Cf. Cist, Cistern.]

1.

A large box of wood, or other material, having, like a trunk, a lid, but no covering of skin, leather, or cloth.

Heaps of money crowded in the chest. Dryden.

2.

A coffin.

[Obs.]

He is now dead and mailed in his cheste. Chaucer.

3.

The part of the body inclosed by the ribs and breastbone; the thorax.

4. Com.

A case in which certain goods, as tea, opium, etc., are transported; hence, the quantity which such a case contains.

5. Mech.

A tight receptacle or box, usually for holding gas, steam, liguids, etc.; as, the steam chest of an engine; the wind chest of an organ.

Bomb chest, See under Bomb. -- Chest of drawers, a case or movable frame containing drawers.

 

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Chest (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chested.]

1.

To deposit in a chest; to hoard.

2.

To place in a coffin.

[Obs.]

He dieth and is chested. Gen. 1. 26 (heading).

 

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Chest (?), n. [AS. ce�xa0;st.]

Strife; contention; controversy.

[Obs.]

P. Plowman.

 

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