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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An accidental blowing off of, or other serious damage to, the breechblock of a gun; also, a removal of the breechblock for the purpose of disabling the gun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In gunnery, the unbreeching of a cannon; any serious damage to one of the essential parts of the fermeture or breech-closing mechanism of a breech-loading gun.


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