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a. Either of two milk-secreting, glandular organs on the chest of a woman; the female mammary gland.
b. A corresponding rudimentary gland in a human male, especially when enlarged by exposure to estrogen or appearing to be enlarged by overlying body fat.
a. The superior ventral surface of the human body, extending from the neck to the abdomen.
b. A corresponding part in other animals.
c. A cut of meat taken from this part of an animal, especially from poultry.
d. The part of a garment that covers the chest.
e. The seat of affection and emotion: "Griefs of mine own lie heavy in my breast" (Shakespeare).
3. Something likened to the human breast, as in being in round or broad: the breast of a hill; the breast of the sea.
4. The face of a mine or tunnel.
5. Sports Breaststroke.
tr.v. breast·ed, breast·ing, breasts
1. To go to the top of; ascend: "He breasted a rise and looked down. He was at the head of a small valley" (Ken Follett).
2. To move forward or advance through or across: breasted the current; breasted the crowd.
3. To confront or deal with resolutely: breasted a storm of criticism.

[Middle English brest, from Old English brēost.]




  1. Bosom like a Spanish balcony —Colette
  2. Bosom like the prow of a ship —M. J. Farrell
  3. Bosoms … large, like mounds of earth on the banks of a dug-up canal —R. K. Narayan
  4. Bosoms like cheese-wheels —David Huddle
  5. Bosoms like vast, half-filled hot-water bottles —M. J. Farrell
  6. Bosoms set like two great prows of battleships —Brian Donleavy
  7. Breasts as large and round as a bald man’s head —James Crumley
  8. Breasts hard as stone, project like a bulwark —Erich Maria Remarque
  9. A breast divided into segments like a peeled orange, or a pair of thighs that converge into a single swollen knee —Kingsley Amis
  10. Breasts heaving like a flight deck —Rita Mae Brown
  11. Breasts … hung like water-filled balloons from her chest —Bernard Malamud
  12. Breasts lie flat on her ribs like soft purses —Rose Tremain
  13. Breasts, like a nursing mother’s —Katherine Anne Porter
  14. Breasts like a pair of piggies —Vladimir Nabokov
  15. Breasts like armaments —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  16. Breasts … like bread loaves hot from the oven —Francine du Plessix Gray
  17. Breasts like … clusters of the vine —The Holy Bible/Song of Solomon
  18. Breasts … like dried apples —Annette Sanford
  19. Breasts like dunes —John D. MacDonald
  20. Breasts … like empty purses except when they filled briefly and fed another child —H. E. Bates
  21. Breasts like giant cabbages —W. Somerset Maugham
  22. Breasts like overripe squash —Patricia Henley
  23. Breasts like pennants —Irwin Shaw
  24. Breasts like small hard apples —Francine du Plessix Gray
  25. Breasts like smooth and ivory-colored hills —Marguerite Young
  26. Breasts … sag from her chest like two plump gourds —Susan Yankowitz
  27. Breasts sagging like overripe fruit —George Garrett
  28. Breasts … shaped like crescent moons —Ira Wood
  29. Breasts swaying like party balloons —Jilly Cooper
  30. Breasts swelling … like rising bread —Marge Piercy
  31. Breasts that drop, big as barrels —Dylan Thomas
  32. Breasts were like long white grapes in the hot sun —D. H. Lawrence
  33. Breasts, which were like apples cut in half —Colette
  34. Breasts … whose fruits are dark as plums —C. J. Koch
  35. Bursts like creamy milk-fed veal —Susan Lois

    The character who thus pronounces and describes a woman’s breasts in a novel entitled Personals is a kosher butcher.

  36. Chest like a promontory —Daphne Merkin
  37. Cleavage deep as the jungle —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  38. Enormous breasts that seemed to rise up and nearly out of her gown with every deep breath, defying physical laws, like a half-finished bridge —William Brammer
  39. Full breasts soaring all over the place like billowing pennants in a strong wind —Joseph Heller
  40. Her bosom heaved like an opera singer’s —Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  41. Her breasts are tiny and hang from her chest like a pair of prunes —Milan Kundera
  42. (An ample woman,) her breasts hung like calabashes inside her grey dress —Thomas Keneally
  43. Her breasts looked like two five-pound flour sacks from which some of the contents had spilled —Sue Grafton
  44. Her large heavy breasts seemed to lift like wings —James Crumley
  45. Her nipples preceded her like scouts —Yehuda Amichai
  46. Her small girlish breasts already sagged like little pockets on her white chest —Jonathan Valin
  47. His bared breast glistened soft and greasy as though he had sweated out his fat in his sleep —Joseph Conrad
  48. Jutting breasts like hills —Robinson Jeffers
  49. Little mounds had appeared like soft marshmallows through her sweater —Carol Ascher
  50. Long pointed breasts rearing like the muzzles of two Afghans —James Crumley
  51. The nipple [of mother nursing child] looked like the end of a Tootsie Roll —Bobbie Ann Mason
  52. Nipples … flat and wide as poker chips —Sue Miller
  53. Nipples large as cookies —Ira Wood
  54. Nipples … like buds of peonies —Amy Lowell
  55. Nipples like two dark eyes —David Michael Kaplan
  56. Nipples shaped like discs of milk chocolate —Ira Wood

    Wood’s novel, The Kitchen Man, brims with food-related images.

  57. Nipples … small as buttons —Miles Gibson
  58. Nipples standing out like two overgrown M&Ms —T. Glen Coughlin
  59. The profile of her body stood forth like the prow of a clipper ship —Calder Willingham
  60. She had fenders like a GMC truck —Loren D. Estleman
  61. They [breasts] were wide mounds growing like muscles across her chest —Will Weaver
  62. A woman without breasts is like a bed without pillows —Anon
References in classic literature ?
Feeling almost happy again, she laid by a few ferns and roses for herself, and quickly made up the rest in dainty bouquets for the breasts, hair, or skirts of her friends, offering them so prettily that Clara, the elder sister, told her she was `the sweetest little thing she ever saw', and they looked quite charmed with her small attention.
Alice took a pillow into her arms and held it tightly against her breasts.
The buffalo-peas were blooming in pink and purple masses along the roadside, and the larks, perched on last year's dried sunflower stalks, were singing straight at the sun, their heads thrown back and their yellow breasts a-quiver.
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is.
One inauspicious circumstance there was, which awakened a hardly concealed displeasure in the breasts of a few of the more punctilious visitors.
The sperm whale, as with all other species of the Leviathan, but unlike most other fish, breeds indifferently at all seasons; after a gestation which may probably be set down at nine months, producing but one at a time; though in some few known instances giving birth to an Esau and Jacob: -- a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus; but the breasts themselves extend upwards from that.
We had often noticed that many of the students wore a colored silk band or ribbon diagonally across their breasts.
It swore every boy to stick to the band, and never tell any of the secrets; and if anybody done anything to any boy in the band, whichever boy was ordered to kill that person and his family must do it, and he mustn't eat and he mustn't sleep till he had killed them and hacked a cross in their breasts, which was the sign of the band.
A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it
It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them.
If a dread of not being understood be hidden in the breasts of other young people to anything like the extent to which it used to be hidden in mine - which I consider probable, as I have no particular reason to suspect myself of having been a monstrosity - it is the key to many reservations.
It suggests country laps and country breasts, with sturdy country babes greedy for the warm white milk, and it seems dyed in country blushes.