air rifle

noun

Definition of air rifle

: a rifle whose projectile (such as a BB or pellet) is propelled by compressed air or carbon dioxide

Examples of air rifle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The air rifle is a close-range weapon (25 yards or less), and head shots are a requirement. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 Tucker became just the sixth shooter in NCAA history to sweep the individual titles in air rifle and smallbore. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "A year after COVID cancellation, this UK team found happy ending to pandemic saga," 14 Mar. 2021 Lewis and Clark carried a .46-caliber air rifle on their trek to the Pacific way back in 1803. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "How to Buy the Best Air Gun for Your Needs," 2 Mar. 2021 Gamo’s Wildcat Whisper air rifle puts gas piston technology in your hands at a really affordable price. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 This innovative air rifle looks like something Q put together for James Bond. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 There are a few different models available, any of which is a bargain for a serious PCP air rifle. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 Be sure to check local regulations concerning hunting with an air rifle. Johnny Carrol Sain, Outdoor Life, "The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Squirrels," 6 Oct. 2020 Some kids with an air rifle put two holes in the sleigh and one in me. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "All we want for Christmas is Mel Gibson’s Bad Santa in the Fatman trailer," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of air rifle

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of air rifle was in 1801

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4 Apr 2021

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“Air rifle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/air%20rifle. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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air rifle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of air rifle

: a rifle that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets

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