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chamber

Noun

1 a natural or artificial enclosed space
2 an enclosed volume (as the aqueous chamber of the eyeball or the chambers of the heart)
3 a room where a judge transacts business
4 a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly; "the upper chamber is the senate"
5 a room used primarily for sleeping [syn: bedroom, sleeping room, bedchamber] v : place in a chamber

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

chambrecamera (chamber, room) ← καμάρα (vaulted chamber).

Pronunciation

  • /tʃeɪmbə(ɹ)/ /tSeImb@(r)/ a UK

Noun

  1. A room, especially one used primarily for sleeping; bedroom, sleeping 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. An enclosed space. For example, a test chamber is typically a closable case where devices under test are placed.
  3. In a firearm, this is the portion of the weapon that holds the ammunition round immediately prior to (and during initiation of) its discharge.
    Dianne loaded a cartridge into the chamber of the rifle, then prepared to take aim at the target.
  4. One of the legislative bodies in a government where multiple such bodies exist, or a single such body in comparison to others.
    The resolution, which speedily passed the Senate, was unable to gain a majority in the lower chamber.

Translations

bedroom
enclosed space
part of a firearm holding the round before firing
legislative body

Verb

  1. To enclose in a room.
    She had chambered herself in her room, and wouldn't come out.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Extensive Definition

Chamber may refer to:
It may also refer to:
The Chamber may also refer to:

See also

chamber in German: Chamber
chamber in Spanish: Cámara
chamber in French: Chambre
chamber in Galician: Cámara
chamber in Italian: Camera
chamber in Portuguese: Câmara
chamber in Russian: Палата

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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