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breech

Definitions

  • Breeches-Buoy Drill
    Breeches-Buoy Drill
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breech opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors
Krupp breech mechanism Krupp breech mechanism
Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
Krupp's 15.6 Breech-loading Gun Krupp's 15.6 Breech-loading Gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breech Breeches.
    • Breech (Naut) The external angle of knee timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
    • Breech The hinder part of anything; esp., the part of a cannon, or other firearm, behind the chamber.
    • Breech The lower part of the body behind; the buttocks.
    • Breech To cover as with breeches. "Their daggers unmannerly breeched with gore."
    • Breech To fasten with breeching.
    • Breech To fit or furnish with a breech; as, to breech a gun.
    • Breech To put into, or clothe with, breeches. "A great man . . . anxious to know whether the blacksmith's youngest boy was breeched ."
    • Breech To whip on the breech. "Had not a courteous serving man conveyed me away, whilst he went to fetch whips, I think, in my conscience, he would have breeched me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n breech Breeches.
    • n breech The lower part of the body behind.
    • n breech The hinder part of anything; specifically, the mass of metal behind the bore of a cannon, or the part of a small arm back of the barrel, including the rear of the latter in breech-loaders.
    • n breech Nautical, the angle of a knee-timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
    • breech To put into or clothe with breeches.
    • breech To cover to the breech or hilt.
    • breech [Various other readings and interpretations, such as reeched (soiled with a dark yellow), drenched, sheathed, etc., have been proposed by Shaksperian commentators.]
    • breech To whip on the breech.
    • breech To fit or furnish with a breech: as, to breech a gun.
    • breech To fasten by a breeching.
    • breech To suffer whipping on the breech.
    • n breech The lowest quality or sort of wool from the fleece of the sheep: it is taken from the hinder part.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Breech brēch the lower part of the body behind: the hinder part of anything, esp. of a gun
    • v.t Breech to put into breeches: to flog
    • adj Breech (Shak.) subject to whipping
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “There's no taking trout with dry breeches.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Breeches

Usage

In literature:

But I want you to wear a satin coat and knee-breeches.
"Patty's Social Season" by Carolyn Wells
The man had eluded the vigilance of the sentry, and had opened the breech of one of the 15-pounders when he was noticed.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
For winter wear, the coat and leggings should be made of Melton; and the breeches of elastic cloth or knitted wool to match.
"The Horsewoman" by Alice M. Hayes
Eve came in wearing grey shirt, breeches, and puttees.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
I haven't even reached the riding-breeches stage in evolution.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
Breeches Bible, its translators, 17.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
He was clad, for the sake of coolness, only in his shirt, breeches, and stockings, and he wore slippers on his feet.
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
His breeches were of blue velvet, and his sash and the kerchief which bound his head were of crimson silk.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
Each carried a breech-loading, repeating rifle of the very latest make, a weapon yet but little known on the border.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
Certainly my breeches looked as if they were saturated with water.
"Attack" by Edward G. D. Liveing
But in one of the hip-pockets of my breeches I carried a fortune in diamonds.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
Clothing, also, especially in boys the breeches, may give rise during childhood to unwholesome stimulation.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
Under his cloak Jeremy had on fringed leather breeches and tunic such as most of the northern colonists wore.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
The breech of the huge cannon had cooled and its massive block was open.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
He handed it to Armand to reload it while he reached for his own new rifle, a breech-loading Hall.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
A square piece of brass for the breech is then drilled out to receive the barrel.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
The genitive case is known by the sign of, and answers to the question, whose, or whereof; as, Whose breeches?
"The Comic Latin Grammar" by Percival Leigh
Considerable difficulty has been experienced in the selection of the material used in making coats, breeches, and shirts.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
If there is an explosion in the breech of the gun, it usually wipes out most of the crew.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
He had plenty of ammunition and plenty of new breech-loading rifles.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
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In poetry:

For cleaning the windows
(Or least ways in breeches)
And planting potatoes
And scrapping out ditches.
"A Question" by Cicely Fox Smith
I know it is a sin
For me to sit and grin
At him here;
But the old three-cornered hat,
And the breeches, and all that,
Are so queer!
"The Last Leaf" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
‘One tanner more,’ the dressed man said,
‘One tanner says the word,
Off comes my coat of ratcatcher
And my breeches of velvet cord;
"A Dressed Man" by George Orwell
Thus Ruth, by one deceitful swain,
Turn'd future pleasure into pain.
From love her changes came about;
Forc'd into breeches and forc'd out.
"The Coachman's Fall" by William Hutton
Said Takemoff, "Our lives are rough
In these here blooming ditches,
But mine's the worst by half a verst,
Since some guy stole my breeches."
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
"A motley host, the Lord's debris,
Faith's odds and ends together;
Well might I shrink from guests with lungs
Tough as their breeches leather
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

He had a plan, however, ditching his breeches for Sheridan College in Toronto, where he earned a degree in film animation .
"If teachers are going to be sick," substitute teacher Melissa Breech said, "if they're waking up in the morning and their kids are sick or they're sick for the day, who are they going to call upon.
Saltwater from Frederick Sound cascades of this Humpback during a breech last weekend.
I was wondering about products such as saddle tite or tacktified breeches .
Equissentials winter breeches, hands down.yes.
Now come the New Calvinists with their return to inviolable doctrines and talk of damnation – in essence, the Puritans, minus the breeches and powdered wigs.
The Wilmington Housing Authority sued Sparks for negligence and breech of contract following some work he did for them as a housing inspector.
The Buffalo Police Department made a wise decision at the recent city council meeting by issuing a directive of zero tolerance for assault, public intoxication, breech of peace and disorderly conduct.
Rebekah Laupp, a diver for Drury University, with her parents at Breech Poll in Springfield.
Security breech deepens after papers found.
Why A Celeb's Tale of a Breech Homebirth Matters.
The Mat Su Borough says the Talkeetna sewer treatment plant was not breeched but they still need to check all the water lines running through the city.
These new products didn't quite breech the top 10 this year, but attracted the attention of our panel of expert judges nonetheless.
The child was a breech birth, according to the story.
WRNO tells The Weather Channel a levee was breeched in Plaquemines Parish.
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In science:

Cosmology, (Gordon and Breech, Science Publishers Inc.)1976.
Angular Momentum Imparted To Test Particles by Gravitational Waves
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