from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The strap of a harness that passes behind a draft animal's haunches.
  • noun The short wool or hair on the rump and hind legs of a sheep, goat, or dog.
  • noun The parts of a gun that make up the breech.
  • noun A rope formerly used to secure the breech of a cannon to the side of a ship to control the recoil.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A whipping on the breech.
  • noun Hard, clotted wool on the buttocks of a sheep.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A bifurcated smoke-pipe of a furnace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A whipping on the breech, or the act of whipping on the breech.
  • noun That part of a harness which passes round the breech of a horse, enabling him to hold back a vehicle.
  • noun (Naut.) 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.
  • noun The sheet iron casing at the end of boilers to convey the smoke from the flues to the smokestack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The ceremony of dressing a boy in trousers for the first time.
  • noun A conduit through which exhaust gases are conducted to a chimney.
  • noun nautical A rope used to secure a cannon.
  • noun equestrian A component of horse harness or tack, enabling the horse to hold back a vehicle.


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