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breast·plate

 (brĕst′plāt′)
n.
1. A piece of armor that covers the breast.
2. Judaism A square cloth set with 12 precious stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel, worn over the breast by ancient high priests.

breastplate

(ˈbrɛstˌpleɪt)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a piece of armour covering the chest
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the strap of a harness covering a horse's breast
3. (Judaism) Judaism an ornamental silver plate hung on the scrolls of the Torah
4. (Judaism) Old Testament a square vestment ornamented with 12 precious stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, worn by the high priest when praying before the holy of holies
5. (Zoology) zoology a nontechnical name for plastron

breast•plate

(ˈbrɛstˌpleɪt)

n.
1. a piece of plate armor for protecting the front of the torso.
2.
a. a vestment worn on the chest of the Jewish high priest, ornamented with 12 precious stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
b. an ornament suspended by a chain over the front of a Torah scroll.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breastplate - armor plate that protects the chestbreastplate - armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass
armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
plastron - a metal breastplate that was worn under a coat of mail
Translations

breastplate

[ˈbrestpleɪt] Npeto m

breastplate

[ˈbrɛstpleɪt] nplastron m (de cuirasse)breast pocket npoche f de poitrinebreast screening nmammographie f de dépistage
References in classic literature ?
There was a vast difference noticeable between these consummate apparatuses and the old cork breastplates, jackets, and other contrivances in vogue during the eighteenth century.
And when they come on the stage attended by a vast body- guard of supes in helmets and tin breastplates, it will be my duty as well as my pleasure to inform the ignorant that no crowned head of my acquaintance has a soldier any where about his house or his person.
And so, from hour to hour, march up along the road ever fresh groups and bands of armed men, their casques and breastplates flashing back the long low lines of morning sunlight, until, as far as eye can reach, the way seems thick with glittering steel and prancing steeds.
There are more breastplates than gaberdines to be seen, I promise you.
They covered their shins with leaves of mallows, and had breastplates made of fine green beet-leaves, and cabbage-leaves, skilfully fashioned, for shields.
There was a steel head-piece, a cuirass, a gorget and greaves, with a pair of gauntlets and a sword hanging beneath; all, and especially the helmet and breastplate, so highly burnished as to glow with white radiance, and scatter an illumination everywhere about upon the floor.
Along the walls stood men-at-arms, in breastplate and morion, with halberds for their only weapon -- rigid as statues; and that is what they looked like.
But this had been already accomplished by the marshals of the field, who, guessing the cause of Ivanhoe's swoon, had hastened to undo his armour, and found that the head of a lance had penetrated his breastplate, and inflicted a wound in his side.
This rider wears a breastplate of lead, on which strange signs and figures are engraved, and it is said that as long as this statue remains on the dome, vessels will never cease to perish at the foot of the mountain.
They had taken off his breastplate and backpiece, but they neither knew nor saw how to open his gorget or remove his make-shift helmet, for he had fastened it with green ribbons, which, as there was no untying the knots, required to be cut.
Like the jed who had brought me, he was frightfully scarred, and also decorated with the breastplate of human skulls and dried dead hands which seemed to mark all the greater warriors among the Warhoons, as well as to indicate their awful ferocity, which greatly transcends even that of the Tharks.
He now saw where the breastplate was weak, and prepared the blow.