Origin of breechloader

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for breech-loader

Historical Examples of breech-loader

  • 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

  • So much, then, for the shooting qualities of the breech-loader.

    Gunnery in 1858

    William Greener

  • Breech-loader: central fire, the same as now made by Lancaster.

    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.

British Dictionary definitions for breech-loader


  1. a firearm that is loaded at the breech
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