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breech

[ noun breech; verb breech, brich ]
/ noun britʃ; verb britʃ, brɪtʃ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
to clothe with breeches.

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Origin of breech

First recorded before 1000; Middle English breeche, Old English brēc, plural of brōc; cognate with Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
un·breeched, adjective
breach, breech
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British Dictionary definitions for breech

breech

noun (briːtʃ)

verb (briːtʃ, brɪtʃ) (tr)

to fit (a gun) with a breech
archaic to clothe in breeches or any other clothing
See also breeches
Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; related to Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
Breech is sometimes wrongly used as a verb where breach is meant: the barrier/agreement was breached (not breeched)
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Medical definitions for breech

breech
[ brēch ]

n.

The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
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