rifle

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1ri·fle

verb \ˈrī-fəl\
ri·fledri·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of RIFLE

transitive verb
1
:  to ransack especially with the intent to steal
2
:  to steal and carry away
intransitive verb
:  to engage in ransacking and stealing
ri·fler \-f(ə-)lər\ noun

Origin of RIFLE

Middle English, from Anglo-French rifler to scrape off, plunder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German riffilōn to saw, obsolete Dutch rijffelen to scrape
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with RIFLE

2rifle

verb
ri·fledri·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of RIFLE

transitive verb
:  to cut spiral grooves into the bore of <rifled arms> <rifled pipe>

Origin of RIFLE

perhaps from French rifler to scratch, file, from Middle French, to scrape, plunder
First Known Use: 1635

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier

3rifle

noun

: a gun that has a long barrel and that is held against your shoulder when you shoot it

Full Definition of RIFLE

1
a :  a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore
b :  a rifled artillery piece
2
plural :  soldiers armed with rifles

First Known Use of RIFLE

1770

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier

4rifle

verb
ri·fledri·fling \-f(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of RIFLE

transitive verb
:  to propel (as a ball) with great force or speed

Origin of RIFLE

3rifle
First Known Use: 1937

rifle

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Firearm whose barrel is rifled (i.e., has spiral grooves cut inside it to give a spin to the projectile). Though usually applied to a weapon fired from the shoulder, the name can also refer to a rifled cannon. Rifled firearms date to at least the 15th century, when it was discovered that imparting a spin to the bullet improved its range and accuracy. The earliest muzzle-loading rifles were more difficult to load than smoothbore muskets, but the invention of metallic cartridges made possible the development of breech-loading mechanisms. Bolt-action rifles, which use a manually operated cylinder to drive the cartridge into the rifle's chamber, are the most common type for hunting. See also assault rifle.

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