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[breech-loh-der] /ˈbritʃˌloʊ dər/
a firearm loaded at the breech.
Origin of breechloader
First recorded in 1855-60; breech + loader Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Sir Roger gave the order himself for that breech-loader at Lige.

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • Under no circumstances, therefore, can a breech-loader be as safe as a solid gun.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • breech-loader: central fire, the same as now made by Lancaster.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • So much, then, for the shooting qualities of the breech-loader.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • It is in the shape of a fat vase or bottle, and could not well have been a breech-loader.

    The British Navy Book

    Cyril Field
  • Oh, don't I wish I was free, and had my breech-loader in my hands!

    Frank in the Mountains Harry Castlemon
  • It was, of course, a breech-loader, and carried six extra cartridges in its magazine.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • Instead of the martyr's palm, we have the Berdan breech-loader and the flash of petroleum.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Should your gun be a breech-loader, always load it at the muzzle.

  • This was the first breech-loader I had ever seen, and I looked it over with a buying eye.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
British Dictionary definitions for breech-loader


a firearm that is loaded at the breech
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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