breechloader

[ breech-loh-der ]
/ ˈbritʃˌloʊ dər /

noun

a firearm loaded at the breech.

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Origin of breechloader

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader
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Example sentences from the Web for breechloader

  • A motion to "Hay," who held the firing lanyard, and almost instantly came the sharp, vicious report of the breechloader.

  • Yes, a breechloader—a Purdey he called it, and a bag of cartridges.

    Middy and Ensign|G. Manville Fenn
  • The Honourable, when he went over the farm with his breechloader, invariably came in and drank a glass of the small beer.

    Hodge and His Masters|Richard Jefferies
  • The chief lesson taught by the engagement is the tremendous power of the breechloader in steady hands.

British Dictionary definitions for breechloader

breech-loader
/ (ˈbriːtʃˌləʊdə) /

noun

a firearm that is loaded at the breech
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