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Pronunciation:  'brest`pleyt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  armor plate that protects the chest; the front part of a cuirass

BREASTPLATE is a 11 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: aegis, egis
 See Also: armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, plate armor, plate armour, suit of armor, suit of armour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Breast"plate`\, n.
1. A plate of metal covering the breast as defensive armor.

         Before his old rusty breastplate could be scoured,
         and his cracked headpiece mended.     --Swift.

2. A piece against which the workman presses his breast in
   operating a breast drill, or other similar tool.

3. A strap that runs across a horse's breast. --Ash.

4. (Jewish Antiq.) A part of the vestment of the high priest,
   worn upon the front of the ephod. It was a double piece of
   richly embroidered stuff, a span square, set with twelve
   precious stones, on which were engraved the names of the
   twelve tribes of Israel. See {Ephod}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) That piece of ancient armour that protected the breast. This word is used figuratively in Eph. 6:14 and Isa. 59:17. (See ARMOUR.)

(2.) An ornament covering the breast of the high priest, first mentioned in Ex. 25:7. It was made of embroidered cloth, set with four rows of precious stones, three in each row. On each stone was engraved the name of one of the twelve tribes (Ex. 28:15-29; 39:8-21). It was in size about ten inches square. The two upper corners were fastened to the ephod by blue ribbons. It was not to be "loosed from the ephod" (Ex. 28:28). The lower corners were fastened to the girdle of the priest. As it reminded the priest of his representative character, it was called the memorial (28:29). It was also called the breastplate of judgment (28:15). (See PRIEST.)