Breech (?), n. [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.

 

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Breech, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Breeched (#); p. pr. & vb. n. 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.

 

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