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breastplate

1. the strap of a harness covering a horse's breast
2. Judaism an ornamental silver plate hung on the scrolls of the Torah
3. Old Testament a square vestment ornamented with 12 precious stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, worn by the high priest when praying before the holy of holies
4. Zoology a nontechnical name for plastron
References in classic literature ?
There happened to be visible, at the same noontide hour, so many other characteristics of the times and manners of the Puritans, that we must endeavor to represent them in a sketch, though far less vividly than they were reflected in the polished breastplate of John Endicott.
The blood glowed through it, till it seemed to be kindling with an internal heat, nor was it unnatural to suppose that his breastplate would likewise become red-hot with the angry fire of the bosom which it covered.
It was strange, too, to observe how the earth, out of which they had so lately grown, was incrusted, here and there, on their bright breastplates, and even, begrimed their faces; just as you may have seen it clinging to beets and carrots, when pulled out of their native soil.
So Cadmus seized a large stone, and flinging it into the middle of the earth army, saw it strike the breastplate of a gigantic and fierce-looking warrior.
Little Pearl, who was as greatly pleased with the gleaming armour as she had been with the glittering frontispiece of the house, spent some time looking into the polished mirror of the breastplate.
I do not recognize your armor, and your breastplate bears no arms.
Quicker than the eye could see, the sword of the visored knight flew from its scabbard, and, with a single lightning-like move, sent the blade of young De Montfort hurtling cross the courtyard; and then before either could take another step, Bertrade de Montfort had sprung between them and placing a hand upon the breastplate of the outlaw stretched forth the other with palm out-turned toward her kinsmen as though to protect Norman of Torn from further assault.
They that held Adresteia and the land of Apaesus, with Pityeia, and the high mountain of Tereia--these were led by Adrestus and Amphius, whose breastplate was of linen.
He now saw where the breastplate was weak, and prepared the blow.
Near the skeleton lay a helmet of hammered brass and a corroded breastplate of steel while at one side was a long, straight sword in its scabbard and an ancient harquebus.
Tenders are invited for Purchase of breastplates "For Service"
Breastplates were usually made of wood with padding.