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 (brē′chĭng, brĭch′ĭng)
1. The strap of a harness that passes behind a draft animal's haunches.
2. The short wool or hair on the rump and hind legs of a sheep, goat, or dog.
3. The parts of a gun that make up the breech.
4. A rope formerly used to secure the breech of a cannon to the side of a ship to control the recoil.


(ˈbrɪtʃɪŋ; ˈbriː-)
1. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) the strap of a harness that passes behind a horse's haunches
2. (Military) navy (formerly) the rope used to check the recoil run of a ship's guns or to secure them against rough weather
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the parts comprising the breech of a gun


(ˈbrɪtʃ ɪŋ, ˈbri tʃɪŋ)

the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse..


A heavy, laminated leather harness strap fitting around the horse’s rump. It was fastened to other parts of the harness to keep the harness from slipping forward over the horse’s head when the hames were connected to a neck yoke and the horse used to brake an implement.