from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The metal part that closes the breech end of the barrel of a breechloading gun and that is removed to insert a cartridge and replaced before firing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The metal block that closes the breech of a breech-loading gun after insertion of the cartridge
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The movable piece which closes the breech of a breech-loading firearm, and resists the backward force of the discharge. It is withdrawn for the insertion of a cartridge, and closed again before the gun is fired.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A movable piece at the breech of a breech-loading gun, which is withdrawn for the insertion of a cartridge and closed before firing, to receive the impact of the recoil. E. H.Knight. See cut under breech-loader.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
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