What does the word breech mean?

Usage examples for breech

  1. The little fellows who accompanied them, up to the age of twelve, usually ran about with no article of clothing save their little breech- clouts and white cotton shirts. – In Indian Mexico (1908) by Frederick Starr
  2. Joe's hand tightened around the breech of his rifle, and for a second he thought he must have shot. – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  3. A tiny piece of wire is held to the side of the breech with a drop of solder, to represent a handle. – Boys' Book of Model Boats by Raymond Francis Yates