Origin of breechloader

First recorded in 1855–60; breech + loader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for breechloader

Historical Examples of breechloader

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

    Middy and Ensign

    G. Manville Fenn

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

  • 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.