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Etymology

From French chambre from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] camera from Ancient Greek καμάρα (kamara), vaulted chamber).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
chamber

Plural
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  1. A room, especially one used primarily for sleeping; bedroom, sleeping room.
    • 1845, Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven,
      Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
      Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
      While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
      As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
  2. An enclosed space. For example, a test chamber is typically a closable case where devices under test are placed.
  3. 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. 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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to chamber

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to chamber (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To enclose in a room.
    She had chambered herself in her room, and wouldn't come out.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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