a firearm loaded at the breech.

Nearby words

  1. breeches,
  2. breeches buoy,
  3. breeches part,
  4. breeching,
  5. breechless,
  6. breechloading,
  7. breed,
  8. breed of cat,
  9. breed's hill,
  10. breeder

Origin of breechloader

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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.