What does chamber mean?

Definitions for chamber
ˈtʃeɪm bərcham·ber

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word chamber.

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.

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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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

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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. Walter Savage Landor:

    A solitude is the audience-chamber of God.

  2. Naris Pratoomsuwan:

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

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun.

  4. Donald Trump:

    He said he'd like me to join his Chamber and I said, 'how much is it, just out of curiosity?' He said people pay from $25,000 to $2 million. I said 'you've gotta be kidding,' good luck to them.

  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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