breech Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded
    rear of tube; rear of barrel.


Breech noun
See Breeches.
  1. The lower part of the body behind; the buttocks.
  2. Breeches. Obs. Shak.
  3. The hinder part of anything; esp., the part of a cannon, or other firearm, behind the chamber.
  4. (Naut.) The external angle of knee timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
Breech transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Breeched present participle & verbal noun Breeching
  1. To put into, or clothe with, breeches.
    A great man . . . anxious to know whether the blacksmith's youngest boy was breeched. Macaulay.
  2. To cover as with breeches. Poetic
    Their daggers unmannerly breeched with gore. Shak.
  3. To fit or furnish with a breech; as, to breech a gun.
  4. To whip on the breech. Obs.
    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. Old Play.
  5. To fasten with breeching.

Webster 1913