Definition of cheekpiece in English:



  • 1A smooth block fitted to the stock of a rifle or shotgun and resting against the face when aiming from the shoulder.

    • ‘Typical of their classic styling, the rifle features a beaded cheekpiece and contrasting ebony forend tip.’
    • ‘Of course I had to study the photos to check out all of the features, and I noticed that there appears to be something interesting about the cheekpiece of that stock.’
    • ‘He indicated that future rifles will have a somewhat redesigned stock with a Monte Carlo cheekpiece.’
    • ‘They shaped stock in the American classic style with a shadowline cheekpiece.’
    • ‘A shadow cheekpiece is standard along with a nicely fit recoil pad.’
    • ‘It also sports a hand-carved cheekpiece and checkering on the pistol grip, plus a thick ventilated rubber recoil buttpad with white-line spacer.’
    • ‘The left-handed cheekpiece did me one bit of good.’
    • ‘To give it character, the cheekpiece features a carved rhino with silver inlaid horns.’
    • ‘We're talking a black stock with a skeletonized butt section, a vertical grip, adjustable cheekpiece, and an elevation screw for bench shooting.’
    • ‘I've since spent time admiring the rifle's handsomely figured walnut stock and rollover cheekpiece.’
    • ‘It is a more conventional stock with a tear-drop grip and roll-over cheekpiece.’
    • ‘Superior grade rifles will feature a select walnut stock with a comb and cheekpiece, with a pistol grip cap and forend tip in a contrasting finish with white line spacers.’
  • 2Either of the two straps of a horse's bridle joining the bit and the headpiece.

    • ‘The horse also proved the value of the controversial sheepskin cheekpieces which are now regularly fitted to horses who find blinkers and visors too claustrophobic.’
    • ‘He had worn cheekpieces that day, but as they did not have the desired effect Balding decided to apply the blinkers in a bid to encourage him to put his best foot forward.’
    • ‘The Jockey Club will shortly insist that the cheekpieces, like blinkers and visors, are declared on racecards - about time too, as punters know they can improve horses but don't know if they're being worn.’
    1. 2.1A bar on a horse's bit which lies outside the mouth.
      ‘I tied the reins of his horse to the saddle rings of my mare, and then took her bridle at the cheekpiece and coaxed her in.’