from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The strap of a harness that passes behind a draft animal's haunches.
- n. The short wool or hair on the rump and hind legs of a sheep, goat, or dog.
- n. The parts of a gun that make up the breech.
- n. A rope formerly used to secure the breech of a cannon to the side of a ship to control the recoil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The ceremony of dressing a boy in trousers for the first time.
- n. A conduit through which exhaust gases are conducted to a chimney.
- n. A rope used to secure a cannon.
- n. A component of horse harness or tack, enabling the horse to hold back a vehicle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A whipping on the breech, or the act of whipping on the breech.
- n. That part of a harness which passes round the breech of a horse, enabling him to hold back a vehicle.
- n. A strong rope rove through the cascabel of a cannon and secured to ringbolts in the ship's side, to limit the recoil of the gun when it is discharged.
- n. The sheet iron casing at the end of boilers to convey the smoke from the flues to the smokestack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whipping on the breech.
- n. Hard, clotted wool on the buttocks of a sheep.
- n. That part of a horse's harness which passes round its breech, and which enables it to back the vehicle to which it is harnessed. The breeching is connected by straps to the saddle and shafts. Also called breech-band. See cut under harness.
- n. In naval gun., a strong rope passed through a hole in the cascabel of a gun and fastened to bolts in the ship's side, to check the recoil of the gun when it is fired.
- n. A bifurcated smoke-pipe of a furnace.
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