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.

Origin of breeching

First recorded in 1505–15; breech + -ing1

Definition for breeching (2 of 2)

breech

[ noun breech; verb breech, brich ]
/ noun britʃ; verb britʃ, brɪtʃ /

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 forms

un·breeched, adjective

Can be confused

breach breech (see synonym study at breach)
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British Dictionary definitions for breeching (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for breeching (2 of 2)

breech

noun (briːtʃ)


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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Medicine definitions for breeching

breech

[ brēch ]

n.

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

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