Breeching

Breech"ing

(), n. 1. A whipping on the breech, or the act of whipping on the breech.
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I view the prince with Aristarchus' eyes,
Whose looks were as a breeching to a boy.
Marlowe.
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2. That part of a harness which passes round the breech of a horse, enabling him to hold back a vehicle.
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3. (Naut.) A strong rope rove through the cascabel of a cannon and secured to ringbolts in the ship's side, to limit the recoil of the gun when it is discharged.
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4. The sheet iron casing at the end of boilers to convey the smoke from the flues to the smokestack.
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