the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse.
a smoke pipe connecting one or more boilers with a chimney.
Navy. (formerly) a strong rope fastened to a ship’s side for securing a gun or checking its recoil.
the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
the hinder or lower part of anything.
Ordnance. the rear part of the bore of a gun, especially the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
Machinery. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
Nautical. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
to clothe with breeches.
Historical Examples

Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. Bureau of Ordnance, USN
The Amazing Marriage, Complete George Meredith
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
The Art of Travel Francis Galton
A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
Death Valley in ’49 William Lewis Manly
The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
Woodcraft E. H. (Elmer Harry) Kreps
Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
Leonora Arnold Bennett

the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse’s haunches
(navy) (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship’s guns or to secure them against rough weather
the parts comprising the breech of a gun
noun (briːtʃ)
the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump
the lower part or bottom of something: the breech of the bridge
the lower portion of a pulley block, esp the part to which the rope or chain is secured
the part of a firearm behind the barrel or bore
(obstetrics) short for breech delivery
verb (transitive) (briːtʃ; brɪtʃ)
to fit (a gun) with a breech
(archaic) to clothe in breeches or any other clothing


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