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Meaning of BREECH

Pronunciation:  breech

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded

BREECH is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: rear of barrel, rear of tube
 See Also: barrel, breech closer, breechblock, cask, opening



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Breech\, n. [See {Breeches}.]
    1. The lower part of the body behind; the buttocks.
    2. Breeches. [Obs.] --Shak.
    3. The hinder part of anything; esp., the part of a cannon,
       or other firearm, behind the chamber.
    4. (Naut.) The external angle of knee timber, the inside of
       which is called the throat.
  2. \Breech\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Breeched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To put into, or clothe with, breeches.
             A great man . . . anxious to know whether the
             blacksmith's youngest boy was breeched. --Macaulay.
    2. To cover as with breeches. [Poetic]
             Their daggers unmannerly breeched with gore. --Shak.
    3. To fit or furnish with a breech; as, to breech a gun.
    4. To whip on the breech. [Obs.]
             Had not a courteous serving man conveyed me away,
             whilst he went to fetch whips, I think, in my
             conscience, he would have breeched me. --Old Play.
    5. To fasten with breeching.
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