Chambers


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cham·ber

 (chām′bər)
n.
1. A room in a house, especially a bedroom.
2. A room where a person of authority, rank, or importance receives visitors.
3. chambers The private office where the judge consults with parties and conducts business not required to be brought in open court.
4. chambers Chiefly British A suite of rooms, especially one used by lawyers.
5. A hall for the meetings of a legislative or other assembly.
6. A legislative or judicial body.
7. A board or council.
8. A place where municipal or state funds are received and held; a treasury.
9.
a. An enclosed space or compartment: the chamber of a pump; a compression chamber.
b. An enclosed space in the body of an organism; a cavity: the four chambers of the heart.
10.
a. 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.
b. An enclosed space in the bore of a gun that holds the charge.
tr.v. cham·bered, cham·ber·ing, cham·bers
1. To put (a round) in the chamber of a firearm.
2. To design or manufacture (a firearm) to hold a specific type of cartridge.
3. To furnish with a chamber or chambers: tombs that were chambered.

[Middle English chaumbre, from Old French chambre, from Late Latin camera, chamber, from Latin, vault, from Greek kamarā.]

chambers

(ˈtʃeɪmbəz)
pl n
1. (Law) a judge's room for hearing cases not taken in open court
2. (Law) (in England) the set of rooms occupied by barristers where clients are interviewed (in London, mostly in the Inns of Court)
3. archaic Brit a suite of rooms; apartments
4. (Law) (in the US) the private office of a judge
5. (Law) in chambers law
a. in the privacy of a judge's chambers
b. in a court not open to the public. Former name for sense 5: in camera
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As it was a rainy day, she went upstairs to amuse herself in one of the large chambers, and took Polly with her for company.
His home would include the home of the dead and buried wizard, and would thus afford the ghost of the latter a kind of privilege to haunt its new apartments, and the chambers into which future bridegrooms were to lead their brides, and where children of the Pyncheon blood were to be born.
This was a large wooden house, built in a fashion of which there are specimens still extant in the streets of our older towns now moss -- grown, crumbling to decay, and melancholy at heart with the many sorrowful or joyful occurrences, remembered or forgotten, that have happened and passed away within their dusky chambers.
Young as she was, I was struck, throughout our little tour, with her confidence and courage with the way, in empty chambers and dull corridors, on crooked staircases that made me pause and even on the summit of an old machicolated square tower that made me dizzy, her morning music, her disposition to tell me so many more things than she asked, rang out and led me on.
he groans, "straight upward, so it burns; but the chambers of my soul are all in crookedness
It was his presence, it was his voice: a voice with strange intonations that rang through the chambers of the soul like the clanging of a bell--that gripped the listener like a mighty hand about his body, that shook him and startled him with sudden fright, with a sense of things not of earth, of mysteries never spoken before, of presences of awe and terror
He turned,--it was Cassy's; but the cold soft touch recalled his dream of the night before, and, flashing through the chambers of his brain, came all the fearful images of the night-watches, with a portion of the horror that accompanied them.
After supper and punch we had an hour's soothing smoke while we fought the naval battle over again and voted the resolutions; then we retired to exceedingly neat and pretty chambers upstairs that had clean, comfortable beds in them with heirloom pillowcases most elaborately and tastefully embroidered by hand.
She meant this for a stab at Miss Miranda's parsimony, remembering the four spare chambers, closed from January to December; but Rebecca thought it was intended as a suggestion.
If any one wishes to be im- pressed with the soul-killing effects of slavery, let him go to Colonel Lloyd's plantation, and, on allow- ance-day, place himself in the deep pine woods, and there let him, in silence, analyze the sounds that shall pass through the chambers of his soul,--and if he is not thus impressed, it will only be because "there is no flesh in his obdurate heart.
He delivered these papers to John, at his chambers, and was asked by him to join their party the same evening to Astley's.
The law was allowed to be genteel enough; many young men, who had chambers in the Temple, made a very good appearance in the first circles, and drove about town in very knowing gigs.