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Meaning of BREECHBLOCK

Pronunciation:  'breech`blâk

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a metal block in breech-loading firearms that is withdrawn to insert a cartridge and replaced to close the breech before firing
 

BREECHBLOCK is a 11 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: breech closer
 
 See Also: block, blockage, breech, closure, occlusion, rear of barrel, rear of tube, stop, stoppage

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Breech"block\, n.
The movable piece which closes the breech of a breech-loading
firearm, and resists the backward force of the discharge. It
is withdrawn for the insertion of a cartridge, and closed
again before the gun is fired.

 

 

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