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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mechanism for closing the bore or chamber of a breech-loading small-arm or cannon; a breech-closing apparatus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) The mechanism for closing the breech of a breech-loading firearm, in artillery consisting principally of the breechblock, obturator, and carrier ring.

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