air rifle

noun
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of air rifle

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

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First Known Use of air rifle

1801


AIR RIFLE Defined for English Language Learners

air rifle

noun

Definition of air rifle for English Language Learners

  • : a rifle that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets


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