- the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse.
- a smoke pipe connecting one or more boilers with a chimney.
- Navy. (formerly) a strong rope fastened to a ship's side for securing a gun or checking its recoil.
Origin of breeching
- 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 breechingdrape, swaddle, swathe, fit, cloak, disguise, attire, equip, dress, gown, vest, habit, accouter, garb, mantle, costume, spruce, rig, array, endue
Examples from the Web for breeching
Historical Examples of breeching
He wants the whip; ought to have had it regularly from his first breeching.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
This first breeching is an event that papa desires and mamma dreads.Monsieur, Madame and Bebe, Complete
A breeching and a couple of tackles, if the guns should be fired on skids.
With a breeching, the piece may be fired as if on an ordinary carriage.
A crupper under his tail, or a thong as a breeching may be used.The Art of Travel
- the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse's haunches
- navy (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship's guns or to secure them against rough weather
- the parts comprising the breech of a gun
- 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 breeching
"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).
- The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.