Meaning of breech

breech

Pronunciation: (n.brēchv.brēch, brich), [key]
— n.
  1. the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
  2. the hinder or lower part of anything.
  3. the rear part of the bore of a gun, esp. the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
  4. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
  5. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
—v.t.
  1. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
  2. to clothe with breeches.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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