What does chamber mean?

Definitions for chamber
ˈtʃeɪm bərcham·ber

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chambernoun

    a natural or artificial enclosed space

  2. chambernoun

    an enclosed volume in the body

    "the chambers of his heart were healthy"

  3. chambernoun

    a room where a judge transacts business

  4. chambernoun

    a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly

    "the upper chamber is the senate"

  5. bedroom, sleeping room, sleeping accommodation, chamber, bedchamberverb

    a room used primarily for sleeping

  6. chamberverb

    place in a chamber


  1. chambernoun

    A room, especially one used primarily for sleeping; bedroom, sleeping room.

  2. chambernoun

    An enclosed space. For example, a test chamber is typically a closable case where devices under test are placed.

  3. chambernoun

    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. chambernoun

    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.

  5. chamberverb

    To enclose in a room.

    She had chambered herself in her room, and wouldn't come out.

  6. chamberverb

    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.

  7. chamberverb

    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.

  8. chamberverb

    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, having studied her Agrippa, used Bruce Lee's one-inch punch to break his nose.

  9. Etymology: From chambre, from camera, from καμάρα.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHAMBERnoun

    Etymology: chambre, Fr. camera, Lat. siambr, Welch.

    Welcome, sweet prince, to London, to your chamber. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    Bid them come forth, and hear me,
    Or at their chamber door I’ll beat the drum,
    Till it cry sleep to death. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    When we have mark’d with blood those sleepy two,
    Of his own chamber. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    A natural cave in a rock may have something not much unlike to parlours or chambers. Richard Bentley.

    The dark caves of death, and chambers of the grave. Matthew Prior.

    Petit has, from an examination of the figure of the eye, argued against the possibility of a film’s existence in the posteriour chamber. Samuel Sharp.

    In the Imperial chamber this vulgar answer is not admitted, viz. I do not believe it, as the matter is propounded and alleged. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    Names given them, as cannons, demi-cannons, chambers, arquebuse, musket, &c. William Camden, Remains.

  2. To Chamberverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness. Rom. xiii. 13.

    The best blood chamber’d in his bosom. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.


  1. chamber

    A chamber is a room or enclosed space used for a specific purpose. It can refer to a space in a machine, a space where legislative activities are carried out, or in a biological sense, it can refer to spaces within an organism, such as the chambers of the heart.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chambernoun

    a retired room, esp. an upper room used for sleeping; a bedroom; as, the house had four chambers

  2. Chambernoun

    apartments in a lodging house

  3. Chambernoun

    a hall, as where a king gives audience, or a deliberative body or assembly meets; as, presence chamber; senate chamber

  4. Chambernoun

    a legislative or judicial body; an assembly; a society or association; as, the Chamber of Deputies; the Chamber of Commerce

  5. Chambernoun

    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. Chambernoun

    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. Chambernoun

    a chamber pot

  8. Chambernoun

    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

  9. Chambernoun

    a cavity in a mine, usually of a cubical form, to contain the powder

  10. Chambernoun

    a short piece of ordnance or cannon, which stood on its breech, without any carriage, formerly used chiefly for rejoicings and theatrical cannonades

  11. Chamberverb

    to reside in or occupy a chamber or chambers

  12. Chamberverb

    to be lascivious

  13. Chamberverb

    to shut up, as in a chamber

  14. Chamberverb

    to furnish with a chamber; as, to chamber a gun

  15. Etymology: [F. chambre, fr. L. camera vault, arched roof, in LL. chamber, fr. Gr. anything with a vaulted roof or arched covering; cf. Skr. kmar to be crooked. Cf. Camber, Camera, Comrade.]


  1. chamber

    Jonothon "Jono" Evan Starsmore, better known as Chamber or Decibel, is a fictional character, a Marvel Comics superhero associated with the X-Men and the New Warriors. A British mutant, Jono possessed the ability to cast energy blasts from his chest. He had limited control of his power and destroyed much of his chest and lower face when his powers emerged. Recently, he lost his powers on 'M Day' and now uses technology to give himself sonic based abilities. Jono was a member of the X-Men's junior team Generation X, although he was sullen and moody and had difficulty bonding with teammates. He has since been offered a permanent position in the X-Men's teaching staff.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chamber

    chām′bėr, n. an apartment: the place where an assembly meets: an assembly or body of men met for some purpose, as a chamber of commerce: a hall of justice: a compartment: a cavity: the back end of the bore of a gun.—v.t. to put in a chamber: to confine.—v.i. to be wanton.—ns. Cham′ber-coun′cil (Shak.), a private or secret council; Cham′ber-coun′sel, -coun′sellor, a counsel who gives his advice privately, but does not plead in court.—adj. Cham′bered.—ns. Cham′berer, a man of intrigue: (Shak.) a gallant; Cham′ber-fell′ow, one occupying the same chamber.—n.pl. Cham′ber-hang′ings (Shak.), the hangings or tapestry of a chamber.—ns. Cham′bering (B.), lewd behaviour; Cham′ber-lye (Shak.), urine; Cham′ber-maid, a female servant who has the care of bedrooms; Cham′ber-pot, a necessary bedroom vessel—often merely Cham′ber; Cham′ber-prac′tice, the business of a chamber-counsellor (q.v.). [Fr. chambre—L. camera—Gr. kamara, a vault, a room.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chamber

    A charge piece in old ordnance, like a paterero, to put into the breech of a gun prepared for it. (See MURDERER.) Used by the Chinese, as in gingals (which see).

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. chamber

    Of a mine, that place where the powder is deposited.

  2. chamber

    In howitzers, and mortars of the old model, was the smallest part of the bore, and contained the charge of powder. In the howitzers the chamber was cylindrical, and was united with the large cylinder of the bore by a conical surface; the angles of intersection of the conical surface with the cylinders of the bore and chamber were rounded (in profile) by arcs of circles. In the 8-inch howitzer, the chamber was united with the cylinder of the bore by spherical surface, in order that the shell might, when necessary, be inserted without a sabot. The chamber is omitted in all cannon of the late models, the cylinder of the bore terminating at the bottom in a semi-ellipsoid. The old chambers were subcaliber. The first use of a chamber larger than the bore occurred, it is believed, in a gun invented by an American named Ferris. The gun had a great range. One of the most important improvements in recent ordnance consists in the use of this chamber. The English, who deserve the credit of first appreciating it, now use it in all their largest guns. See Ordnance, History of.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chamber is ranked #37591 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chamber surname appeared 592 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chamber.

    45.2% or 268 total occurrences were Black.
    36.4% or 216 total occurrences were White.
    14.3% or 85 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.6% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chamber' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3374

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chamber' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4476

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chamber' in Nouns Frequency: #1210

Anagrams for chamber »

  1. chambre

  2. becharm

  3. brecham

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chamber in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chamber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of chamber in a Sentence

  1. Chuck Schumer:

    As we debate this issue, so critical to the wellspring of our democracy, we will all confront the critical question : Shall members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and move them to the President's desk ? It's my hope that courage awakens within the heart of our Republican colleagues before the day is out.

  2. The Republican president:

    This is her prerogative - I will do the Address when the Shutdown is over. I am not looking for an alternative venue for the SOTU Address because there is no venue that can compete with the history, tradition and importance of the House Chamber, i look forward to giving a.

  3. Jonathan Turley:

    Neither side presented the full depth and rivaling authorities on this question, that was a disappointment. Moreover, there was no evidence of any minds being changed in either the Senate chamber or the country as a whole.

  4. Lindsay Nielsen:

    I think the culture in Albany and in that administration has always been that way, so I know there's a lot of information coming out right now and obviously in the past couple of weeks, but to those of us that were working in Albany and I'm sure those that were in the executive chamber and his staff and his administration, I know to a lot of us that dealt with that side of it, this isn't new stuff, you know what I mean? A lot of people knew him and his staff for this toxic culture in these situations and, I guess we didn't have the same view that the public maybe had with him.

  5. Richard Stanton:

    From the operations center in thethird chamber to where they were found, it takes about three hours to get thereand three hours to come back.

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