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  1. loaded at the breech.
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Origin of breechloading

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loading
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Examples from the Web for breech-loading

Historical Examples

  • Breech-loading guns, for instance, had already been invented.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • Them new stockings of yours is breech-loading, aint they, Billy?

  • So far as I could see, they were armed with breech-loading rifles.


    Charles Dudley Warner

  • I think they then still had the Armstrong breech-loading system.

  • They had also a 10-inch gun aft, and a dozen 6-inch breech-loading guns.

British Dictionary definitions for breech-loading


  1. (of a firearm) loaded at the breech
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