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breechloader

[ breech-loh-der ]

noun

  1. a firearm loaded at the breech.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of breechloader1

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader

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Example Sentences

The chief lesson taught by the engagement is the tremendous power of the breechloader in steady hands.

I carried a smooth-bore breechloader charged with the largest buck-shot in one barrel and with a bullet in the other.

Some one made him a present of a Purdey breechloader, and he uses Eley cartridges.

It was a rifle—a repeating breechloader of a famous make and a model of thirty years before.

The Honourable, when he went over the farm with his breechloader, invariably came in and drank a glass of the small beer.

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