Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wonderous Words Wednesday



breach loading

adj.

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.



4 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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