breechloader

noun
breech·​load·​er | \ ˈbrēch-ˈlō-dər \

Definition of breechloader

: a firearm that loads at the breech The first really satisfactory American breechloader was developed at Harpers Ferry by Christian Sharps, whose superior gun helped make the word sharpshooter a common American noun.— Bernard Brodie and Fawn M. Brodie — compare muzzleloader

Other Words from breechloader

breech-loading \ ˈbrēch-​ˈlō-​diŋ \ adjective
a breech-loading rifle

First Known Use of breechloader

1855, in the meaning defined above

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