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breeches


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breeches  \Breech"es\,  n.  pl  [OE.  brech,  brek,  AS  br[=e]k,  pl 
  of  br[=o]c  breech,  breeches;  akin  to  Icel.  br[=o]k  breeches, 
  ODan.  brog,  D.  broek,  G.  bruch;  cf  L.  bracae,  braccae,  which 
  is  of  Celtic  origin.  Cf  {Brail}.] 
  1.  A  garment  worn  by  men,  covering  the  hips  and  thighs; 
  smallclothes. 
 
  His  jacket  was  red,  and  his  breeches  were  blue. 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  2.  Trousers;  pantaloons.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {Breeches  buoy},  in  the  life-saving  service,  a  pair  of  canvas 
  breeches  depending  from  an  annular  or  beltlike  life  buoy 
  which  is  usually  of  cork.  This  contrivance,  inclosing  the 
  person  to  be  rescued,  is  hung  by  short  ropes  from  a  block 
  which  runs  upon  the  hawser  stretched  from  the  ship  to  the 
  shore,  and  is  drawn  to  land  by  hauling  lines. 
 
  {Breeches  pipe},  a  forked  pipe  forming  two  branches  united  at 
  one  end 
 
  {Knee  breeches},  breeches  coming  to  the  knee,  and  buckled  or 
  fastened  there  smallclothes. 
 
  {To  wear  the  breeches},  to  usurp  the  authority  of  the 
  husband;  --  said  of  a  wife.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  breeches 
  n  :  trousers  ending  above  the  knee  [syn:  {knee  breeches},  {knee 
  pants},  {knickerbockers},  {knickers}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Breeches 
  (Ex.  28:42),  rather  linen  drawers,  reaching  from  the  waist  to  a 
  little  above  the  knee,  worn  by  the  priests  (Ezek.  44:17,  18). 
 




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