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breeching

[brich-ing, bree-ching] /ˈbrɪtʃ ɪŋ, ˈbri tʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse.
2.
a smoke pipe connecting one or more boilers with a chimney.
3.
Navy. (formerly) a strong rope fastened to a ship's side for securing a gun or checking its recoil.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; breech + -ing1

breech

[n. breech; v. breech, brich] /n. britʃ; v. britʃ, brɪtʃ/
noun
1.
the lower, rear part of the trunk of the body; buttocks.
2.
the hinder or lower part of anything.
3.
Ordnance. the rear part of the bore of a gun, especially the opening and associated mechanism that permits insertion of a projectile.
4.
Machinery. the end of a block or pulley farthest from the supporting hook or eye.
5.
Nautical. the outside angle of a knee in the frame of a ship.
verb (used with object)
6.
Ordnance. to fit or furnish (a gun) with a breech.
7.
to clothe with breeches.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English breeche, Old English brēc, plural of brōc; cognate with Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
Related forms
unbreeched, adjective
Can be confused
breach, breech (see synonym study at breach)
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Examples from the web for breeching
  • Provide a double wall, factory-fabricated, positive pressure breeching and stack system.
  • Design casing at the combustion gas outlet to receive approved stack or breeching transition section as shown.
  • Cleaning and inspection of chimneys or breeching is not included in this work.
  • The fan speed will modulate to maintain a constant boiler breeching pressure.
  • Color to match brickwork sheet metal covering on breeching outside of exterior wall of boiler house.
  • The breeching damper will open and the draft fan will purge the combustion chamber.
British Dictionary definitions for breeching

breeching

/ˈbrɪtʃɪŋ; ˈbriː-/
noun
1.
the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse's haunches
2.
(navy) (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship's guns or to secure them against rough weather
3.
the parts comprising the breech of a gun

breech

noun (briːtʃ)
1.
the lower dorsal part of the human trunk; buttocks; rump
2.
the lower part or bottom of something: the breech of the bridge
3.
the lower portion of a pulley block, esp the part to which the rope or chain is secured
4.
the part of a firearm behind the barrel or bore
5.
(obstetrics) short for breech delivery
verb (transitive) (briːtʃ; brɪtʃ)
6.
to fit (a gun) with a breech
7.
(archaic) to clothe in breeches or any other clothing
See also breeches
Usage note
Breech is sometimes wrongly used as a verb where breach is meant: the barrier/agreement was breached (not breeched)
Word Origin
Old English brēc, plural of brōc leg covering; related to Old Norse brōk, Old High German bruoh
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Word Origin and History for breeching

breech

n.

"back part of a gun or firearm," 1570s, from singular of breeches (q.v.).

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breeching in Medicine

breech (brēch)
n.
The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.

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