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

  • n. A gun or other firearm loaded at the breech.

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  • n. a variety of firearm in which the weapon is loaded from the breech, i.e. the end opposite that which discharges the projectile

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A firearm which receives its load at the breech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A firearm loaded at the breech.

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

  • n. a gun that is loaded at the breech


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from breech + load + -er


  • He looked up into the implacable face of the Marquess of Stoneville and then lower to the barrel of a Manton breechloader aimed right at his head.

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  • This is the British officer/gun designer who had a breechloader as early as the time of the American Revolution.

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  • “The weapon is a most formidable one, it is admirably constructed, and equipped for service, and will, I doubt not, produce, if brought into action, effects almost as astonishing as those of the breechloader, and cause a general impatience to be possessed of the new arm.”

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  • The pistol, a .22-caliber 1857 model breechloader, had a four-inch barrel and was not accurate beyond a range of fifteen yards.


  • The paper roll of caps in those toys were the descendants of those used during the U.S. Civil War on some Sharps breechloader carbines used by the Union Army.

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  • Yet its only luxury was the bottom of a breechloader brass cartridge, inlaid and flanked by the sharp incisors of the little Wabar, or mountain coney.

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  • Yet this ignoble war between barbarous tribes whom it has long been the fashion to pet, this poor scuffle between the breechloader and the Birmingham trade musket, may yet in one sense do good.

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  • “My dad would know better than me, but that looks like a breechloader, maybe,” Sean said.

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  • It was a breechloader, made from the old Springfield musket, sighted for a thousand yards maximum range.

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  • The rifle was a breechloader, the first the ministers had ever seen.



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