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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chamber  \Cham"ber\,  n.  [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.  A  retired  room  esp.  an  upper  room  used  for  sleeping;  a 
  bedroom;  as  the  house  had  four  chambers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
 
 
  2.  pl  Apartments  in  a  lodging  house.  ``A  bachelor's  life  in 
  chambers.''  --Thackeray. 
 
  3.  A  hall,  as  where  a  king  gives  audience,  or  a  deliberative 
  body  or  assembly  meets;  as  presence  chamber;  senate 
  chamber. 
 
  4.  A  legislative  or  judicial  body;  an  assembly;  a  society  or 
  association;  as  the  Chamber  of  Deputies;  the  Chamber  of 
  Commerce. 
 
  5.  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.  pl  (Law.)  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.  A  chamber  pot.  [Colloq.] 
 
  8.  (Mil.) 
  a  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. 
  b  A  cavity  in  a  mine,  usually  of  a  cubical  form  to 
  contain  the  powder. 
  c  A  short  piece  of  ordnance  or  cannon,  which  stood  on 
  its  breech,  without  any  carriage,  formerly  used 
  chiefly  for  rejoicings  and  theatrical  cannonades. 
 
  {Air  chamber}.  See  {Air  chamber},  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  {Chamber  of  commerce},  a  board  or  association  to  protect  the 
  interests  of  commerce,  chosen  from  among  the  merchants  and 
  traders  of  a  city. 
 
  {Chamber  council},  a  secret  council.  --Shak. 
 
  {Chamber}  {counsel  or  counselor},  a  counselor  who  gives  his 
  opinion  in  private,  or  at  his  chambers,  but  does  not 
  advocate  causes  in  court. 
 
  {Chamber  fellow},  a  chamber  companion;  a  roommate;  a  chum. 
 
  {Chamber  hangings},  tapestry  or  hangings  for  a  chamber. 
 
  {Chamber  lye},  urine.  --Shak. 
 
  {Chamber  music},  vocal  or  instrumental  music  adapted  to 
  performance  in  a  chamber  or  small  apartment  or  audience 
  room  instead  of  a  theater,  concert  hall,  or  church. 
 
  {Chamber  practice}  (Law.),  the  practice  of  counselors  at  law, 
  who  give  their  opinions  in  private,  but  do  not  appear  in 
  court. 
 
  {To  sit  at  chambers},  to  do  business  in  chambers,  as  a  judge. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chamber  \Cham"ber\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Chambered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Chambering}.] 
  1.  To  reside  in  or  occupy  a  chamber  or  chambers. 
 
  2.  To  be  lascivious.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Chamber  \Cham"ber\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  shut  up  as  in  a  chamber.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  furnish  with  a  chamber;  as  to  chamber  a  gun. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chamber 
  n  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 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Chamber 
  "on  the  wall,"  which  the  Shunammite  prepared  for  the  prophet 
  Elisha  (2  Kings  4:10),  was  an  upper  chamber  over  the  porch 
  through  the  hall  toward  the  street.  This  was  the  "guest  chamber" 
  where  entertainments  were  prepared  (Mark  14:14).  There  were  also 
  "chambers  within  chambers"  (1  Kings  22:25;  2  Kings  9:2).  To 
  enter  into  a  chamber  is  used  metaphorically  of  prayer  and 
  communion  with  God  (Isa.  26:20).  The  "chambers  of  the  south" 
  (Job  9:9)  are  probably  the  constelations  of  the  southern 
  hemisphere.  The  "chambers  of  imagery",  i.e.,  chambers  painted 
  with  images,  as  used  by  Ezekiel  (8:12),  is  an  expression 
  denoting  the  vision  the  prophet  had  of  the  abominations 
  practised  by  the  Jews  in  Jerusalem. 
 




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