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Webster 1913 Edition


Chamber

Cham′ber

,
Noun.
[F.
chambre
, fr. L.
camera
vault, arched roof, in LL. chamber, fr. Gr. [GREEK] anything with a vaulted roof or arched covering; cf. Skr.
kmar
to be crooked. Cf.
Camber
,
Camera
,
Comrade
.]
1.
A retired room, esp. an upper room used for sleeping; a bedroom;
as, the house had four
chambers
.
2.
pl.
Apartments in a lodging house.
“A bachelor’s life in chambers.”
Thackeray.
3.
A hall, as where a king gives audience, or a deliberative body or assembly meets;
as, presence
chamber
; senate
chamber
.
4.
A legislative or judicial body; an assembly; a society or association;
as, the
Chamber
of Deputies; the
Chamber
of Commerce
.
5.
A compartment or cell; an inclosed space or cavity;
as, the
chamber
of a canal lock; the
chamber
of a furnace; the
chamber
of the eye
.
6.
pl.
(Law.)
A room or rooms where a lawyer transacts business; a room or rooms where a judge transacts such official business as may be done out of court.
7.
A chamber pot.
[Colloq.]
8.
(Mil.)
(a)
That part of the bore of a piece of ordnance which holds the charge, esp. when of different diameter from the rest of the bore; – formerly, in guns, made smaller than the bore, but now larger, esp. in breech-loading guns.
(b)
A cavity in a mine, usually of a cubical form, to contain the powder.
(c)
A short piece of ordnance or cannon, which stood on its breech, without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for rejoicings and theatrical cannonades.
Air chamber
.
See
Air chamber
, in the Vocabulary.
Chamber of commerce
,
a board or association to protect the interests of commerce, chosen from among the merchants and traders of a city.
Chamber council
,
a secret council.
Shak.
Chamber counsel
or
Chamber counselor
,
a counselor who gives his opinion in private, or at his chambers, but does not advocate causes in court.
Chamber fellow
,
a chamber companion; a roommate; a chum.
Chamber hangings
,
tapestry or hangings for a chamber.
Chamber lye
,
urine.
Shak.
Chamber music
,
vocal or instrumental music adapted to performance in a chamber or small apartment or audience room, instead of a theater, concert hall, or church.
Chamber practice
(Law.)
,
the practice of counselors at law, who give their opinions in private, but do not appear in court.
To sit at chambers
,
to do business in chambers, as a judge.

Cham′ber

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Chambered
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Chambering
.]
1.
To reside in or occupy a chamber or chambers.
2.
To be lascivious.
[Obs.]

Cham′ber

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To shut up, as in a chamber.
Shak.
2.
To furnish with a chamber;
as, to
chamber
a gun
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Chamber

CHAMBER

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Definition 2021


Chamber

Chamber

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Luxembourgish

Noun

Chamber f (plural Chamberen)

  1. the Luxembourgish parliament (officially known by the French name of “chambre des deputés”)
    Dat neit Gesetz gouf geschter an der Chamber gestëmmt.
    The new law was adopted yesterday in the parliament.
  2. the parliament building in the city of Luxembourg
    Hie ka vu sengem Daach op d'Chamber kucken.
    He can see the parliament building from the roof of his house.
  3. chamber; another committee or body with the official name of “chambre
    Hien huet seng Leit an der Chambre de Commerce an all denen anere Chamberen.
    He has his people at the chamber of commerce and all those other chambers.

chamber

chamber

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English

Alternative forms

Noun

chamber (plural chambers)

  1. A room or set of rooms, particularly:
    1. Any individual's private room.
      • 1845, Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven,
        Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
        Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
        While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
        As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
    2. A bedroom.
    3. The private office of a judge.
    4. The room used for deliberation by a legislature.
    5. (Britain) A single law office in a building housing several.
    6. (dated, chiefly in the plural) Rooms in a lodging house.
      • Thackeray
        ...a bachelor's life in chambers...
  2. (obsolete) Short for chamber pot: a container used for urination and defecation in one's chambers.
  3. (figuratively) The legislature or division of the legislature itself.
    The resolution, which speedily passed the Senate, was unable to gain a majority in the lower chamber.
  4. Any enclosed space occupying or similar to a room.
    A canal lock chamber; a furnace chamber; a test chamber
  5. (firearms) The area holding the ammunition round at the initiation of its discharge.
    Dianne loaded a cartridge into the chamber of the rifle, then prepared to take aim at the target.
  6. (firearms) One of the bullet-holding compartments in the cylinder of a revolver.
  7. (historical) A short piece of ordnance or cannon which stood on its breech without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for celebrations and theatrical cannonades.

Synonyms

  • (chamber pot): See Wikisaurus:chamber pot

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

chamber (third-person singular simple present chambers, present participle chambering, simple past and past participle chambered)

  1. To enclose in a room.
    She had chambered herself in her room, and wouldn't come out.
  2. To reside in or occupy a chamber or chambers.
    • 1893, Publications of the Scottish History Society (volume 14, page 64)
      I chambered with Alexander Preston.
  3. To place in a chamber, as a round of ammunition.
    The hunter fired at the geese and missed, then shrugged his shoulders and chambered another cartridge.
  4. To create or modify a gun to be a specific caliber.
    The rifle was originally chambered for 9mm, but had since been modified for a larger, wildcat caliber.
  5. In martial arts, to prepare an offensive, defensive, or counteroffensive action by drawing a limb or weapon to a position where it may be charged with kinetic energy.
    Bob chambered his fist for a blow, but Sheila struck first.
  6. (obsolete) To be lascivious.

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