[ breech-loh-der ]

  1. a firearm loaded at the breech.

Origin of breechloader

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use breechloader in a sentence

  • But it was not until fixed ammunition came into use that the breech-loader really came to stay—and that was only the other day.

  • One big breech-loader had the weight of an elephant rifle, and there were also swords, bayonets and weapons of ancient type.

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  • Then he put his head down the cabin skylight and ordered the steward to bring up his breech-loader and a lot of cartridges.

  • None others, as it happened, were fated to fall victims to the deadly breech-loader of our sportsman-skipper.

  • As he sits there a moment, his attention divided between you and the new alarm, the breech-loader belches its charge.

British Dictionary definitions for breech-loader


/ (ˈbriːtʃˌləʊdə) /

  1. a firearm that is loaded at the breech

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