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riffle

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verb rif·fle \ˈri-fəl\

Simple Definition of riffle

  • : to look through something quickly and not very closely

Full Definition of riffle

rif·fledrif·fling play \ˈri-f(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form, flow over, or move in riffles

  3. 2 :  to flip cursorily :  thumb <riffle through the catalog>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to ruffle slightly :  ripple

  6. 2 a :  to leaf through hastily; specifically :  to leaf (as a stack of paper) by sliding a thumb along the edge of the leaves b :  to shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix

  7. 3 :  to manipulate (small objects) idly between the fingers

Examples of riffle

  1. He riffled the pages of the magazine.

  2. <Web research is convenient but doesn't offer the tactile pleasures of riffling through heavy old books.>



Origin of riffle

2riffle


First Known Use: 1754

Rhymes with riffle


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riffle

noun rif·fle

Definition of riffle

  1. 1 a :  a shallow extending across a streambed and causing broken water b :  a stretch of water flowing over a riffle

  2. 2 :  a small wave or succession of small waves :  ripple

  3. 3 a :  any of various contrivances (as blocks or rails) laid on the bottom of a sluice or launder to make a series of grooves or interstices to catch and retain a mineral (as gold) b :  a groove or interstice so formed

  4. 4 :  a cleat or bar fastened to an inclined surface in a gold-washing apparatus to catch and hold mineral grains

  5. 5 [1riffle] a :  the act or process of shuffling (as cards) b :  the sound made while doing this



Origin of riffle

perhaps alteration of ruffle


First Known Use: 1785



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