noun Date: circa 1524 1. the part of a harness that passes around the rump of a draft animal 2. the short coarse wool on the rump and hind legs of a sheep or goat; also the hair on the corresponding part of a dog

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  • Breeching — (also britching) may refer to: Breeching (boys), putting boys in breeches or trousers for the first time Breeching (tack), a strap around the haunches of a draft, pack or riding animal Breeching, the flue of a boiler See also Breech… …   Wikipedia

  • Breeching — Breech ing, n. 1. A whipping on the breech, or the act of whipping on the breech. [1913 Webster] I view the prince with Aristarchus eyes, Whose looks were as a breeching to a boy. Marlowe. [1913 Webster] 2. That part of a harness which passes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breeching — [brich′iŋ, brēch′iŋ] n. a harness strap around a horse s hindquarters to help in holding back a vehicle on a downgrade: see HARNESS …   English World dictionary

  • Breeching — Breech Breech, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Breeched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Breeching}.] 1. To put into, or clothe with, breeches. [1913 Webster] A great man . . . anxious to know whether the blacksmith s youngest boy was breeched. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breeching — /ˈbrɪtʃɪŋ/ (say briching), /ˈbritʃɪŋ/ (say breeching) noun 1. the part of the harness which passes around a horse s breech. 2. Navy a strong rope fastened to a ship s side, to check the recoil of a gun or to secure it …  

  • Breeching (tack) — Breeching (PronEng|ˈbrɪtʃɨŋ, britching ) is a strap around a draft, pack or riding animal s haunches. Both under saddle and in harness, breeching engages when an animal slows down or travels downhill and is either used for braking or to stabilize …   Wikipedia

  • breeching — /brich ing, bree ching/, n. 1. the part of a harness that passes around the haunches of a horse. See illus. under harness. 2. a smoke pipe connecting one or more boilers with a chimney. 3. Navy. (formerly) a strong rope fastened to a ship s side… …   Universalium

  • breeching — noun /briːtʃɪŋ,briːtʃiːŋ/brɪtʃɪŋ,brɪtʃɪn/ a) The ceremony of dressing a boy in trousers for the first time. b) A conduit through which exhaust gases are conducted to a chimney …   Wiktionary

  • breeching — Synonyms and related words: back band, backstrap, bearing rein, bellyband, bit, blinders, blinds, bridle, caparison, cavesson, checkrein, cheekpiece, chinband, cinch, collar, crownband, crupper, curb, gag swivel, girth, hackamore, halter, hames,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • breeching — noun 1》 a strong leather strap passing round the hindquarters of a horse harnessed to a vehicle and enabling the horse to push backwards. 2》 historical a thick rope used to secure the carriages of cannon on a ship …   English new terms dictionary

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