breeching

[ brich-ing, bree-ching ]
/ ˈbrɪtʃ ɪŋ, ˈbri tʃɪŋ /

noun

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.

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Origin of breeching

First recorded in 1505–15; breech + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for breeching

breeching
/ (ˈbrɪtʃɪŋ, ˈbriː-) /

noun

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
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