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

breech-loading

play \-ˈlō-diŋ\ adjective
    • a breech-loading rifle

First Known Use of breechloader

1855


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