Definition of breech-loader in English:



  • A gun designed to have ammunition inserted at the breech rather than through the muzzle.

    • ‘The cartridges fired by these early breech-loaders were lacking in power when compared to muskets.’
    • ‘Rifles became breech-loaders, then repeaters.’
    • ‘It will thus be seen that two men with the breech-loader scored six points more than the fifteen men with the Enfield.’
    • ‘The field officers who opposed the breech-loaders saw their job as controlling the troops.’
    • ‘The breech-loader was probably a swivel gun, although the barrel may have been mounted on a timber block mount.’