Definition of breech in English:
- The British reloaded their weapons, filling the breech with powder and using their rods to push in the balls.
- Each shell ejecting from the breech, followed by another and another.
- He came out of his roll into a kneeling position and loaded a fresh shot into the breech.
- René rose and picked up the rifle, checking the breech in the firelight to make sure it was loaded.
- All he held was the barrel and part of the breech.
- Problems were overcome by innovations such as the brass cartridge case and the device which sealed the breech.
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- In those days it wasn't customary to breech a boy until he was about four.
- Young boys wore skirts with doublets or back-fastening bodices until they were breeched at six to eight.
Old English brēc (plural of brōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broek), interpreted as a singular form. The original sense was 'garment covering the loins and thighs' (compare with breeches), hence 'the buttocks' (sense 2 of the noun, mid 16th century), later 'the hind part' of anything.
Words that rhyme with breechbeach, beech, beseech, bleach, breach, each, impeach, leach, leech, outreach, peach, pleach, preach, reach, screech, speech, teach
- US English dictionary
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