a movable piece of metal for closing the breech in certain firearms. Historical Examples Artillery Through the Ages Albert Manucy noun a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert the cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
a cloth worn about the breech and loins; loincloth. Historical Examples The Golden Skull John Blaine Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler The Golden Skull John Blaine Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834, Part III (the Text Being Chapters XXVIII-XXXIII of the London Edition, 1843, […]
the delivery of an infant with the feet or buttocks appearing first. noun birth of a baby with the feet or buttocks appearing first breech delivery (brēch) Delivery of a fetus with the buttocks or feet appearing first.
a firearm loaded at the breech. Historical Examples A Gunner Aboard the “Yankee” Russell Doubleday Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn The Egyptian campaigns, 1882 to 1885 Charles Royle