Breach versus Breech

What is the Difference Between Breech and Breach?


When to Use Breach

Breach can be a noun or a verb.

As a noun, breach means a break or a hole in something. A breach in a dam, for instance, would let water pass through where it should not. A breach of protocol would indicate that rules were broken.

Here are a few more examples,

  • The spies found a breach in enemy lines and were able to exit the city undetected.
  • A breach in the fabric of my jersey meant that I needed to retire it from active rotation.

    Sometimes, breach is a verb, where it means to tear something or to break through something. Someone who divulges private information might accidentally breach confidentiality, or an iceberg might breach the hull of an ocean liner and cause a multitude of deaths when the ship sinks.

    When to Use Breech

    Breech is a singular noun. It is almost always used in its plural form, breeches, to refer to short trousers fastened below the knee.

    Summary

    Is it breech or breach? Breach means to break or tear something as a verb, and a hole or break in something as a noun. Breeches are a type of short trouser that are rarely worn today.

    In short,

    Use breach.
    Not breech.

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