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breeching


breeching


  2  definitions  found 
 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Breeching  \Breech"ing\,  n. 
  1.  A  whipping  on  the  breech,  or  the  act  of  whipping  on  the 
  breech. 
 
  I  view  the  prince  with  Aristarchus'  eyes,  Whose 
  looks  were  as  a  breeching  to  a  boy.  --Marlowe. 
 
  2.  That  part  of  a  harness  which  passes  round  the  breech  of  a 
  horse,  enabling  him  to  hold  back  a  vehicle. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  A  strong  rope  rove  through  the  cascabel  of  a 
  cannon  and  secured  to  ringbolts  in  the  ship's  side  to 
  limit  the  recoil  of  the  gun  when  it  is  discharged. 
 
  4.  The  sheet  iron  casing  at  the  end  of  boilers  to  convey  the 
  smoke  from  the  flues  to  the  smokestack.