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Meaning of BOSOM

Pronunciation:  'bûzum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family"
  2. [n]  cloth that covers the chest or breasts
  3. [n]  a person's breast or chest
  4. [n]  either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
  5. [n]  the locus of feelings and intuitions; "in your heart you know it is true"; "her story would melt your bosom"
  6. [n]  (archaic) the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept; "his bosom was bursting with the secret"
  7. [v]  hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced"
  8. [v]  hide in one's bosom; "She bosomed his letters"
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 Synonyms: boob, embrace, embrace, heart, hug, knocker, squeeze, tit, titty
 See Also: acceptance, acceptation, adoption, adult female body, areola, breast, clasp, cloth covering, conceal, concealment, cuddle, espousal, garment, hide, hunch, interlock, intuition, lactiferous duct, lock, mamma, mammary gland, privacy, privateness, ring of color, secrecy, suspicion, woman's body



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bos"om\ (b[oo^]z"[u^]m), n. [AS. b?sm; akin to D. bozem,
    Fries. b?sm, 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;
       secret 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.
    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. Inclination; desire. [Obs.] --Shak.
    7. A depression round the eye of a millstone. --Knight.
  2. \Bos"om\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to the bosom.
    2. Intimate; confidential; familiar; trusted; cherished;
       beloved; as, a bosom friend.
  3. \Bos"om\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bosomed} (-[u^]md); 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.
    2. To conceal; to hide from view; to embosom.
             To happy convents bosomed deep in vines. --Pope.
Easton Bible Dictionary

In the East objects are carried in the bosom which Europeans carry in the pocket. To have in one's bosom indicates kindness, secrecy, or intimacy (Gen. 16:5; 2 Sam. 12:8). Christ is said to have been in "the bosom of the Father," i.e., he had the most perfect knowledge of the Father, had the closest intimacy with him (John 1:18). John (13:23) was "leaning on Jesus' bosom" at the last supper. Our Lord carries his lambs in his bosom, i.e., has a tender, watchful care over them (Isa. 40:11).

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