Definition of cheekpiece in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHēkpēs/


1A part of an object that covers or rests on the cheek, in particular.
Example sentences
  • It also sports a nicely proportioned cheekpiece.
1.1The portion of the stock of a rifle or shotgun that rests against the face when aiming from the shoulder.
Example sentences
  • Typical of their classic styling, the rifle features a beaded cheekpiece and contrasting ebony forend tip.
  • Of course I had to study the photos to check out all of the features, and I noticed that there appears to be something interesting about the cheekpiece of that stock.
  • He indicated that future rifles will have a somewhat redesigned stock with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece.
1.2Either of the two straps of a horse’s bridle joining the bit and the headpiece.
Example sentences
  • The horse also proved the value of the controversial sheepskin cheekpieces which are now regularly fitted to horses who find blinkers and visors too claustrophobic.
  • He had worn cheekpieces that day, but as they did not have the desired effect Balding decided to apply the blinkers in a bid to encourage him to put his best foot forward.
  • The Jockey Club will shortly insist that the cheekpieces, like blinkers and visors, are declared on racecards - about time too, as punters know they can improve horses but don't know if they're being worn.
1.3A bar on a horse’s bit that lies outside the mouth.
Example sentences
  • I tied the reins of his horse to the saddle rings of my mare, and then took her bridle at the cheekpiece and coaxed her in.

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Syllabification: cheek·piece

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