breechblock

noun

breech·​block ˈbrēch-ˌbläk How to pronounce breechblock (audio)
: the block in breech-loading firearms that closes the rear of the barrel against the force of the charge and prevents gases from escaping

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The lower receiver in Roh's case does not have a bolt or breechblock and is not threaded to receive the barrel, Nicolaysen noted. Scott Glover, CNN, 11 Oct. 2019 The definition is found instead in the Code of Federal Regulations: That part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock, and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forward portion to receive the barrel. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 18 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breechblock was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Breechblock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breechblock. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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