chamber

/chaym"beuhr/, n.
1. a room, usually private, in a house or apartment, esp. a bedroom: She retired to her chamber.
2. a room in a palace or official residence.
3. the meeting hall of a legislative or other assembly.
a. a place where a judge hears matters not requiring action in open court.
b. the private office of a judge.
c. (in England) the quarters or rooms that lawyers use to consult with their clients, esp. in the Inns of Court.
5. a legislative, judicial, or other like body: the upper or the lower chamber of a legislature.
6. an organization of individuals or companies for a specified purpose.
7. the place where the moneys due a government are received and kept; a treasury or chamberlain's office.
8. (in early New England) any bedroom above the ground floor, generally named for the ground-floor room beneath it.
9. a compartment or enclosed space; cavity: a chamber of the heart.
10. (in a canal or the like) the space between any two gates of a lock.
11. a receptacle for one or more cartridges in a firearm, or for a shell in a gun or other cannon.
12. (in a gun) the part of the barrel that receives the charge.
13. See chamber pot.
adj.
14. of, pertaining to, or performing chamber music: chamber players.
v.t.
15. to put or enclose in, or as in, a chamber.
16. to provide with a chamber.
[1175-1225; ME chambre < OF < L camera, var. of camara vaulted room, vault < Gk kamára]

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