breeching

[brich-ing, bree-ching]
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noun
  1. the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse.
  2. a smoke pipe connecting one or more boilers with a chimney.
  3. Navy. (formerly) a strong rope fastened to a ship's side for securing a gun or checking its recoil.

Origin of breeching

First recorded in 1505–15; breech + -ing1

breech

[noun breech; verb breech, brich]
noun
  1. the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
  2. the hinder or lower part of anything.
  3. Ordnance. the rear part of the bore of a gun, especially the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
  4. Machinery. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
  5. Nautical. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
verb (used with object)
  1. Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
  2. 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 breeching

breeching

noun
  1. the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse's haunches
  2. navy (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship's guns or to secure them against rough weather
  3. the parts comprising the breech of a gun

breech

noun (briːtʃ)
  1. the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump
  2. the lower part or bottom of somethingthe breech of the bridge
  3. the lower portion of a pulley block, esp the part to which the rope or chain is secured
  4. the part of a firearm behind the barrel or bore
  5. obstetrics short for breech delivery
verb (briːtʃ, brɪtʃ) (tr)
  1. to fit (a gun) with a breech
  2. 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 breeching

breech

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

breeching in Medicine

breech

[brēch]
n.
  1. The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
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