breechblock

noun
breech·​block | \ ˈbrēch-ˌbläk How to pronounce breechblock (audio) \

Definition of breechblock

: the block in breech-loading firearms that closes the rear of the barrel against the force of the charge and prevents gases from escaping

First Known Use of breechblock

1855, in the meaning defined above

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