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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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