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breech


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breech  \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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breech  \Breech\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Breeched};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Breeching}.] 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breech 
  n  :  where  bullets  are  loaded  [syn:  {rear  of  barrel},  {rear  of 
  tube}] 




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