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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breastplate  \Breast"plate`\,  n. 
  1.  A  plate  of  metal  covering  the  breast  as  defensive  armor. 
 
  Before  his  old  rusty  breastplate  could  be  scoured, 
  and  his  cracked  headpiece  mended.  --Swift. 
 
  2.  A  piece  against  which  the  workman  presses  his  breast  in 
  operating  a  breast  drill,  or  other  similar  tool. 
 
  3.  A  strap  that  runs  across  a  horse's  breast.  --Ash. 
 
  4.  (Jewish  Antiq.)  A  part  of  the  vestment  of  the  high  priest, 
  worn  upon  the  front  of  the  ephod.  It  was  a  double  piece  of 
  richly  embroidered  stuff,  a  span  square,  set  with  twelve 
  precious  stones,  on  which  were  engraved  the  names  of  the 
  twelve  tribes  of  Israel.  See  {Ephod}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breastplate 
  n  :  armor  plate  that  protects  the  chest;  the  front  part  of  a 
  cuirass  [syn:  {aegis},  {egis}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  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  embroidered  cloth,  set 
  with  four  rows  of  precious  stones,  three  in  each  row.  On  each 
  stone  was  engraved  the  name  of  one  of  the  twelve  tribes  (Ex. 
  28:15-29;  39:8-21).  It  was  in  size  about  ten  inches  square.  The 
  two  upper  corners  were  fastened  to  the  ephod  by  blue  ribbons.  It 
  was  not  to  be  "loosed  from  the  ephod"  (Ex.  28:28).  The  lower 
  corners  were  fastened  to  the  girdle  of  the  priest.  As  it 
  reminded  the  priest  of  his  representative  character,  it  was 
  called  the  memorial  (28:29).  It  was  also  called  the  breastplate 
  of  judgment  (28:15).  (See  {PRIEST}.) 
 




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