- 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
Related Words for breecheddrape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, gown, vest, habit, accouter, garb, mantle, costume, spruce, rig, array, endue
Examples from the Web for breeched
Historical Examples of breeched
He became an inexplicable creature; a breeched and booted Sphinx.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Any one who is breeched can obtain a licence in our noble country.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete
Times never will change—to what they were when you were breeched—but that's a detail.Young Blood
E. W. Hornung
Little Edward was breeched yesterday for good and all, and was whipped into the bargain.The Letters of Jane Austen
I was just the same when I was a boy; began to go to the devil before I was breeched.The Idol of The Blind
- 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
Word Origin for breech
Word Origin and History for breeched
"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).
- The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.