- breastplatesN-COUNTA breastplate is a piece of armour that covers and protects the chest.
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BREASTPLATE — BREASTPLATE, metal shield placed in front of the mantle of the Torah scroll in Ashkenazi communities. This custom did not develop in Sephardi communities because their Torah scrolls were kept in a case (tik) which did not lend itself to such… … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Breastplate — Breast plate , n. 1. A plate of metal covering the breast as defensive armor. [1913 Webster] Before his old rusty breastplate could be scoured, and his cracked headpiece mended. Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. A piece against which the workman presses… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
breastplate — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of armour covering the chest … English terms dictionary
breastplate — [brest′pēs΄brest′plāt΄] n. 1. a piece of armor for the breast: see ARMOR 2. in ancient times, an embroidered cloth worn on the breast of the Jewish high priest: it was set with twelve jewels representing the twelve tribes of Israel: also (RSV)… … English World dictionary
Breastplate — This can also refer to a piece of riding equipment: see Breastplate (tack). A breastplate is a device worn over the torso either to protect the torso from injury, or as an item of religious significance, or as an item of status. A breastplate was … Wikipedia
breastplate — UK [ˈbrestˌpleɪt] / US noun [countable] Word forms breastplate : singular breastplate plural breastplates a piece of metal that soldiers wore in the past to protect their chests … English dictionary
Breastplate — 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… … Easton's Bible Dictionary
breastplate — noun Date: 14th century 1. a usually metal plate worn as defensive armor for the breast see armor illustration 2. a vestment worn in ancient times by a Jewish high priest and set with 12 gems bearing the names of the tribes of Israel 3. a piece… … New Collegiate Dictionary
breastplate — /brest playt /, n. 1. a piece of plate armor partially or completely covering the front of the torso: used by itself or as part of a cuirass. See diag. under armor. 2. the part of the harness that runs across the chest of a saddle horse. 3.… … Universalium
breastplate — noun a) A piece of armor that covers the chest. b) A piece of horse tack designed to prevent the saddle slipping backwards … Wiktionary