Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The lower rear portion of the human trunk; the buttocks.
  • n. A breech presentation or delivery.
  • n. A fetus in breech presentation.
  • n. Knee breeches.
  • n. Informal Trousers.
  • n. The part of a firearm behind the barrel.
  • n. The lower part of a pulley block.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The external angle of knee timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
  • n. A breech birth.
  • adv. With the hips coming out before the head.
  • adj. Born, or having been born, breech.
  • v. To dress in breeches. (especially) To dress a boy in breeches or trousers for the first time.
  • v. To beat or spank on the buttocks.
  • v. To fit or furnish with a breech.
  • v. To fasten with breeching.
  • v. To cover as if with breeches.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lower part of the body behind; the buttocks.
  • n. Breeches.
  • n. The hinder part of anything; esp., the part of a cannon, or other firearm, behind the chamber.
  • n. The external angle of knee timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
  • transitive v. To put into, or clothe with, breeches.
  • transitive v. To cover as with breeches.
  • transitive v. To fit or furnish with a breech.
  • transitive v. To whip on the breech.
  • transitive v. To fasten with breeching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into or clothe with breeches.
  • To cover to the breech or hilt.
  • [Various other readings and interpretations, such as reeched (soiled with a dark yellow), drenched, sheathed, etc., have been proposed by Shaksperian commentators.]
  • To whip on the breech.
  • To fit or furnish with a breech: as, to breech a gun.
  • To fasten by a breeching.
  • To suffer whipping on the breech.
  • n. Breeches.
  • n. The lower part of the body behind.
  • n. The hinder part of anything; specifically, the mass of metal behind the bore of a cannon, or the part of a small arm back of the barrel, including the rear of the latter in breech-loaders.
  • n. Nautical, the angle of a knee-timber, the inside of which is called the throat.
  • n. The lowest quality or sort of wool from the fleece of the sheep: it is taken from the hinder part.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded

Etymologies

Middle English brech, from Old English brēc, pl. of brōc, leg covering, Gaulish brāca, hose, trousers.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English brēċ, plural of *brōc, from Proto-Germanic *brōks (“clothing for loins and thighs”). Cognate with Dutch broek, Swiss German Brüch, Swedish brok. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A new study has shown that pregnant women who have during the end of pregnancy have a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level above 2.5 -- a level that is considered within the "normal range" or reference range for the TSH test -- are at higher risk of for their baby to be in a breech position (The term breech refers to a baby that is not in the head-down position.)

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  • For pumps, since the breech is locked, the average force with which the shotgun bumps your shoulder is equal to the mass of the shot and wad and gasses, multiplied by average acceleration.

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  • Be advised, that I will be in breech of an agreement I made with that news corp. by referring to them in any way.

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  • If these documents have not been released by the agency then at the very minimum the provider of the document is in breech of any contract related confidentiality regarding government documents not released to the public in their possession.

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  • If it is a government employee then they are in breech of agency policy on the release of documents not approved for release by the agency.

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  • Once the decision has been made to perform a second-trimester surgical abortion, the last thing a provider needs is to have to worry that the procedure could potentially evolve into a criminal act if a fetus in breech presentation should slip out intact through a partially dilated cervix.

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  • I contacted Cingular today via email and asked if they would let me out of my contract because they are in breech of the privacy clause in their agreement.

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  • If your baby is not in the head-down position in your uterus, you have what is called a breech presentation, and you should consider seeking help from a skilled doctor to turn the baby.

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  • First, in the box labeled Presentation, the word breech had been written, although Rae had found the baby to be in the transverse position during the cesarean.

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  • He did not, he was born full-term breech, so another surgery was done for a C-Section.

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