[noun breech; verb breech, brich]
- the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
- the hinder or lower part of anything.
- Ordnance. the rear part of the bore of a gun, especially the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
- Machinery. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
- Nautical. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
- Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
- to clothe with breeches.
Origin of breech
before 1000; Middle English breeche, Old English brēc, plural of brōc; cognate with Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
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Little Edward was breeched yesterday for good and all, and was whipped into the bargain.The Letters of Jane Austen
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- the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump
- the lower part or bottom of somethingthe breech of the bridge
- the lower portion of a pulley block, esp the part to which the rope or chain is secured
- the part of a firearm behind the barrel or bore
- obstetrics short for breech delivery
- 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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Word Origin and History for breeched
"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
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