from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wroughtiron welded coil shrunk on the rear end of the steel tubes of the Fraser system of heavy guns.
  • n. A heavy mass of steel which supports the wedge in the Krupp system of guns.


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  • The crew necessary to serve the gun consists of six men -- a gunner, a man to manoeuvre the breech-piece, a man to manoeuvre the pointing lever, two men to pass the ammunition, and a man to regulate the fuse.

    With the Naval Brigade in Natal (1899-1900) Journal of Active Service

  • The young man knew, of course, that sometimes a cartridge will "hang fire", and that many a gun's crew have been blown to pieces by prematurely opening the breech, but he forgot all about that now in his anxiety, and unscrewed and opened the breech-piece immediately.

    A Chinese Command A Story of Adventure in Eastern Seas

  • "I'm the breech-piece mule of number two gun of the First Screw

    The Jungle Book

  • "You pressed on the lever and opened the breech-piece.

    Round the Red Lamp

  • "I'm the breech-piece mule of number two gun of the First Screw Battery," said the mule, "and the other's one of your friends.

    The Jungle Book.


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