breeches

Definitions

  • Breeches-Buoy Drill
    Breeches-Buoy Drill
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n breeches trousers ending above the knee
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors Breeches-Buoy Drill. Rescuing Survivors
Krupp breech mechanism Krupp breech mechanism
Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread Breech mechanism showing interrupted thread
Krupp's 15.6 Breech-loading Gun Krupp's 15.6 Breech-loading Gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Breeches A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes. "His jacket was red, and his breeches were blue."
    • Breeches Trousers; pantaloons.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • breeches A bifurcated garment worn by men, covering the body from the waist to the knees, or, in some cases, only to mid-thigh.
    • breeches Less properly, trousers or pantaloons.
    • breeches Synonyms See trousers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.pl Breeches (brich′ez) a garment worn by men on the lower limbs of the body, strictly, as distinguished from trousers, coming just below the knee, but often used generally for trousers—(Knee-breeches, see under Knee)
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “There's no taking trout with dry breeches.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brech, brek, AS. brēk, pl. of brōc, breech, breeches; akin to Icel. brōk, breeches, ODan. brog, D. broek, G. bruch,; cf. L. bracae, braccae, which is of Celtic origin. Cf. Brail
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bréc; found in all Teut. languages; cf. Ger. bruch, Dut. brock.

Usage

In literature:

As he went, he jingled the few coins remaining in his breeches pocket.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
Stefano, the purple-faced host, in shirt and breeches, stood dealing the liquor from a tub.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
He wouldn't have that great breech-loader spoiled for the world.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Then he went cutting right and left, and putting the wide breeched enemy to flight on every side.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
The breeches were very full, Pat observing that I should be after growing rapidly on the salt sea, and would require room in them.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
He found also, on touching them, that these guns were breech-loaders.
"The Secret of the Island" by W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
The brute's quiet enough it's all along of them red breeches that angers him.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
When we had passed through it he carefully locked it and dropped the key into his breeches' pocket.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
One man turned a handle at the breech, another kept supplying the self-acting cartridge-box.
"In the Track of the Troops" by R.M. Ballantyne
Into it leaped six breech-clouted Santa Cruz boys, each armed with a rifle.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
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In poetry:

And, pray, what is't to you or me
Where any parson's breeches be?
Or, should they hang about his heels,
It is not you, but he, who feels;
Nay, e'en to pull them off was naught,
The evil lies in being caught.
"The Ant" by William Hutton
Where is the page boy of old Hawk and Buckle,
And what of our young Charlie this hot summer weather?
He is bobbing for tiddlers in a little trickle-truckle,
With his line and his hook and his breeches of leather.
"Hawk And Buckle" by Robert Graves
The day was hot, the moisture crept,
While half the congregation slept;
The parson preach'd, his breeches down,
And copious sweat, from foot to crown,
As plenteous drew the exhalation,
Arising from the congregation.
"The Ant" by William Hutton
My Breeches torn, my Coat threadbare,
Go, court Dame Fortune's daughters fair,
Says SAM, and you'll be well drest;
Z—-d's SAM, it is most clearly seen,
That I full long have married been
To that vile jade, the Eldest.
"Epigram" by Royall Tyler
They are gone, the stout craftsmen that hammered the piles,
And the square-toed old boys in the three-cornered tiles;
The breeches, the buckles, have faded from view,
And the parson's white wig and the ribbon-tied queue.
"For The Centennial Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My coat was pressed, "just like a swell's; the breeches that I wore
Had creases in them fore and aft like new ones from the store.
I smelt like some old motor-car, exuding kerosene;
I noted, too, the furtive glance of anxious Josephine.
"Josephine" by John O Brien

In news:

Equissentials winter breeches , hands down.yes.
Now come the New Calvinists with their return to inviolable doctrines and talk of damnation – in essence, the Puritans, minus the breeches and powdered wigs.
When english people want more grip on their thight they get full seat breeches.
When I go for long rides I like to wear breeches (for me, jeans are only for QUICKLY hopping on.
Charges of corruption abound in this state, and with each confirmation of an ethics breech, public trust dwindles.
RIGHT-WING THANKSGIVING This must be an abbreviated file today for I am about to leap into the breech of the pre-Thanksgiving travel mosh-pit.
Should a woman be able to use a midwife to delivery her baby if she has previously had a caesarian section or if she is delivering a twin or breech baby.
A whale breeches off the waters of Pender Island in the Gulf islands.
The Wilmington Housing Authority sued Sparks for negligence and breech of contract following some work he did for them as a housing inspector.
The Buffalo Police Department made a wise decision at the recent city council meeting by issuing a directive of zero tolerance for assault, public intoxication, breech of peace and disorderly conduct.
Rebekah Laupp, a diver for Drury University, with her parents at Breech Poll in Springfield.
These new products didn't quite breech the top 10 this year, but attracted the attention of our panel of expert judges nonetheless.
It's unlikely that any of us have any extra pairs of knee breeches or a satin waistcoat stashed in the closet.
The child was a breech birth, according to the story.
WRNO tells The Weather Channel a levee was breeched in Plaquemines Parish.
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In science:

Cosmology, (Gordon and Breech, Science Publishers Inc.)1976.
Angular Momentum Imparted To Test Particles by Gravitational Waves
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