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[breech-loh-der] /ˈbritʃˌloʊ dər/
a firearm loaded at the breech.
Origin of breechloader
1855-60; breech + loader Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The breech-loader is loaded from the breech or rear end of the barrel and not at the muzzle.

    Toy-Making in School and Home Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
  • It was, of course, a breech-loader, and carried six extra cartridges in its magazine.

    Campmates Kirk Munroe
  • When he came out again he had a breech-loader on each shoulder and David's ten dollars in his pocket.

    The Boy Trapper Harry Castlemon
  • This was the first breech-loader I had ever seen, and I looked it over with a buying eye.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • Jack took his breech-loader, raised it to the shoulder, and said, "Ready!"

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • Charging a breech-loader is rapid work, but the flock was nine hundred or a thousand yards off before I could again take aim.

    Six Months at the Cape R.M. Ballantyne
  • If in siege works or en barbette, it is much easier to load a muzzle loader under cover than a breech-loader.

  • He then replaced the musket in its sealskin cover as carefully as if it had been a $300 breech-loader.

    Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
  • breech-loader: central fire, the same as now made by Lancaster.

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • Another distinct type of breech-loader was invented in France about the middle of the 17th century.

British Dictionary definitions for breech-loader


a firearm that is loaded at the breech
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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