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breech

Definition:

opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

breeches

Part of:

barrel

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

breechblock

Etymology:

Old English brēc (plural of brōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broek),...
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Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

breech | breech delivery [sense-specific] | buttocks [synonym, sense-specific] | rump [synonym, sense-specific]

the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump | the lower part or bottom of something | the lower portion of a pulley block, especially the ... (26 of 555 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/breech

Merriam-Webster:

breech | breeches [plural] | knee breeches [plural, sense-specific] | pants [synonym, sense-specific] | buttocks [synonym, sense-specific] | backside [synonym, sense-specific] | behind [synonym, sense-specific] | booty [slang, synonym, sense-specific] | bottom [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"breeches": short pants covering the hips and thighs and fitting snugly at the lower edges at or just below the knee ; "pants" | the hind end of the ... (28 of 188 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Wiktionary:

breech | breeched [past tense] | breeching [present participle] | breeches [3rd-person singular present]

[historical, now only in the plural] A garment whose purpose is to cover or clothe the buttocks. | [rare] The buttocks or backside. | The part of a cannon or other firearm behind the chamber. | [nautical] The external angle of knee timber, the inside... (42 of 180 words, 12 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/breech

Oxford Dictionary:

breech

the part of a cannon behind the bore. | the back part of a rifle or gun barrel | [archaic] : a person's buttocks. | [transitive, archaic] | dress (a ... (26 of 166 words, 5 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/breech

Wikipedia:

Breech [disambiguation]

may refer to: Breeches, an item of clothing covering the body from the waist down | Breech, in a breech-loading weapon, is a chamber integral to the rear portion of a gun barrel that receives the shell, cartridge, or ammunition | Buttocks, the lower... (42 of 122 words, 8 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

breech

the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks. | the hinder or lower part of anything. | [ordinance] the rear part of the bore of a gun, ... (28 of 94 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/breech

New World Dictionary:

breech

the buttocks; rump | the lower or back part of a thing; specifically, ; the lower end of a pulley block ; the back end of the barrel of a gun | to ... (31 of 61 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

breech | breeches [sense-specific]

The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks. | A breech presentation or delivery. | A fetus in breech presentation. | "breeches": Knee ... (22 of 60 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

breech

If a baby in the womb is in a breech position, it's lying so that the lower part of its body will come out first (25 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/breech

Macmillan British Dictionary:

breeches [plural] | britches

old-fashioned trousers that end at the knee (7 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/breeches

Britannica Encyclopedia:

barrel [container]

large, bulging cylindrical container of sturdy construction traditionally made from wooden staves and wooden or metal hoops. The term is also a unit ... (23 of 377 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/54010​/barrel

barrel [measurement]

unit of both liquid and dry measure in the British Imperial and United States Customary systems, ranging from 31.5 to 42 gallons for liquids and fixed ... (26 of 169 words)

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Columbia Encyclopedia:

English units of measurement | British Imperial System of weights and measures | U.S. Customary System of weights and measures | apothecaries weight | troy weights | units of measurement | avoirdupois weights | barrel | bushel | ...

principal system of weights and measures used in a few nations, the only major industrial one being the United States. It actually consists of two ... (25 of 79 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0817384​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

breech | breeches [plural]

the rear part of the barrel of a rifle or shotgun, near the stock | the lower part of a pulley block, to which the rope, cable, or chain is fixed | ... (30 of 84 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733269​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

breech

Origin: Old English brēc (plural of brōc, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch broek), interpreted as a singular form. The original sense ... (21 of 48 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/breech

Merriam-Webster:

breech

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, breeches, from Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; akin to Old High German bruoh breeches, Latin braca pants

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Wiktionary:

breech | breeched [past tense] | breeching [present participle] | breeches [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English brēċ, plural of *brōc, from Proto-Germanic *brōks ("clothing for loins and thighs"). Cognate with Dutch broek, Swiss German Brüch, Swedish brok.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/breech

Collins Dictionary:

breech

Origin: Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; related to Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/breech

New World Dictionary:

breech

Origin: Middle English brech from Old English brec, plural of broc from Indo-European base *bhreg-: see "break"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

breech

Origin: Middle English brech, from Old English brēc, plural of brōc, leg covering, Gaulish brāca, hose, trousers.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/breech

Online Etymology:

breech

First use: 1570s

Origin: "back part of a gun or firearm", from singular of "breeches".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=breech

Encarta Dictionary:

breech | breeches [plural]

Origin: Old English brēc, plural of brōc "garment covering the thighs and lower trunk" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733269​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

breech

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "breech"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "breech"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/breech

the Free Dictionary:

breech

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "breech"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "breech"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "breech" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

breech | breeches [plural] | breeched [past tense] | breeching [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "breech"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

breech

Audio: North American pronunciation of "breech"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=breech​01 word=breech

YourDictionary Audio:

breech

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "breech" by speech synthesizer

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