Pronunciation: (brich'ing, brē'ching), [key]
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 for securing a gun or checking its recoil.
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