Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wonderous Words Wednesday

breach loading


A breech-loading weapon, usually a gun or cannon, is one where the bullet or shell is inserted, loaded, into the gun at the rear of the barrel, the breech; the opposite of muzzle-loading. All modern mass production guns are breech loading.

From the book Tomorrow's Guardian (page 1) by Richard Denning.


  1. When I read your definition, it came back to me that I'd heard this phrase before. Thanks for playing along.

  2. Who knew? I never would have guessed. Thank you.

  3. I can usually remember this meaning from the knowledge that a breech birth is a baby born backwards (feet down). So, this a gun loaded from the back.

  4. Bermudaonion- You're welcome, glad you came by.

    Tea- thanks! for commenting.

    Joy Weese Moll- Yes, it's loaded at the rear of the barrell.