Definitions for: Breech

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Synonyms: rear of barrel, rear of tube

See Also: barrel, breech closer, breechblock, cask, opening

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