breech

[noun breech; verb breech, brich]

noun

verb (used with object)

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
Related formsun·breeched, adjective
Can be confusedbreach breech (see synonym study at breach)
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British Dictionary definitions for breeched

breech

noun (briːtʃ)

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

verb (briːtʃ, brɪtʃ) (tr)

to fit (a gun) with a breech
archaic to clothe in breeches or any other clothing
See also breeches

Word Origin for breech

Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; related to Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh

usage

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

breech

n.

"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).

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breeched in Medicine

breech

[brēch]

n.

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