Breech

Definition of Breech

Pronunciation: brēch or brĭch; 277
n.1.The lower part of the body behind; the buttocks.
2.Breeches.
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.
v. t.1.To put into, or clothe with, breeches.
[imp. & p. p. Breeched ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Breeching ( ).]
A great man . . . anxious to know whether the blacksmith's youngest boy was breeched.
- Macaulay.
2.To cover as with breeches.
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.
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.

Related Words

afterpart, afterpiece, back, back door, back seat, back side, backside, bed, bedrock, behind, belly, bottom, bottom side, buttocks, derriere, downside, fanny, fundament, hardpan, heel, hind end, hind part, hindhead, lower side, lowest layer, lowest level, nether side, nethermost level, occiput, posterior, postern, rear, rear end, rearward, reverse, rock bottom, rump, stern, substratum, tail, tail end, tailpiece, underbelly, underlayer, underneath, underside
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