Breastplate Breast"plate`, n. 1. A plate of metal covering the breast as defensive armor. [1913 Webster]

Before his old rusty breastplate could be scoured, and his cracked headpiece mended. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece against which the workman presses his breast in operating a breast drill, or other similar tool. [1913 Webster]

3. A strap that runs across a horse's breast. --Ash. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

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