Definition of breech-loading in English:

breech-loading

adjective

  • See breech-loader

    • ‘This coincided with rapid improvement in firearms, with breech-loading rifles replacing the musket.’
    • ‘For the next 50 years breech-loading muskets and rifles were made in England as sporting guns.’
    • ‘The breech-loading cannons were set to fire in only one fixed direction and were of little use.’
    • ‘Recoil systems and cartridge ammunition increased rates of fire of breech-loading weapons.’
    • ‘Steel warships propelled by steam and equipped with breech-loading weapons had become standard.’

Pronunciation

breech-loading

/ˈbriːtʃ(ə)ləʊdɪŋ/