breeching

noun

breech·​ing ˈbrē-chiŋ How to pronounce breeching (audio) ˈbri- How to pronounce breeching (audio)
1
: the part of a harness that passes around the rump of a draft animal
2
: the short coarse wool on the rump and hind legs of a sheep or goat
also : the hair on the corresponding part of a dog

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But my greatest thrill was seeing humpback whales cruising through these breeding waters, not only spouting as usual but also hurling themselves out of the water (known as breeching). Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, 3 Apr. 2018 But my greatest thrill was seeing humpback whales cruising through these breeding waters, not only spouting as usual but also hurling themselves out of the water (known as breeching). Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, 3 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1524, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of breeching was circa 1524

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Cite this Entry

“Breeching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeching. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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