breastplate


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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
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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.
Their flint-headed arrows were but childish weapons compared with the matchlocks of the Puritans, and would have rattled harmlessly against the steel caps and hammered iron breastplates which inclosed each soldier in an individual fortress.
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.
In short, before he had time to think what a wonderful affair it was, he beheld an abundant harvest of what looked like human beings, armed with helmets and breastplates, shields, swords, and spears; and before they were well out of the earth, they brandished their weapons, and clashed them one against another, seeming to think, little while as they had yet lived, that they had wasted too much of life without a battle.
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.
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.
And when they come on the stage attended by a vast body- guard of supes in helmets and tin breastplates, it will be my duty as well as my pleasure to inform the ignorant that no crowned head of my acquaintance has a soldier any where about his house or his person.
And so, from hour to hour, march up along the road ever fresh groups and bands of armed men, their casques and breastplates flashing back the long low lines of morning sunlight, until, as far as eye can reach, the way seems thick with glittering steel and prancing steeds.
Believe it or not, though, that drawer was, for many years, where my family kept my grandfather's impressive breastplate of First World War medals, now considered some of the most valuable on the planet.