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1rifle

verb ri·fle \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
RIFLER Defined for Kids

1rifle

verb ri·fle \ˈrī-fəl\
ri·fledri·fling

Definition of RIFLE for Kids

1
:  to search through quickly and roughly often to steal something <He was left with enough time to rifle through a rubbish dump … — Linda Sue Park, A Single Shard>
2
:  1steal 1

2rifle

noun

Definition of RIFLE for Kids

:  a gun that has a long barrel with spiral grooves on its inside

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