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ricochet

noun ric·o·chet \ ˈri-kə-ˌshā , British also -ˌshet \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of ricochet

:a glancing rebound (as of a projectile off a flat surface)
  • the ricochet of the bullet off the wall
; also :an object that ricochets
  • He was hit by a ricochet.

Examples of ricochet in a Sentence

  1. He was hit by a ricochet.

  2. the richochet of the bullet off the wall

Recent Examples of ricochet from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ricochet

French


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ricochet

verb

Definition of ricochet

ricocheted play \ˈri-kə-ˌshād\ also ricochetted play \ˈri-kə-ˌshe-təd\; ricocheting play \ˈri-kə-ˌshā-iŋ\ also ricochetting play \ˈri-kə-ˌshe-tiŋ\
intransitive verb
:to bounce or skip with or as if with a glancing rebound
  • The bullet that hit President Reagan had ricocheted off the presidential limousine.
  • —David Fisher
  • The ball ricochets at a right angle, falling with force into the first baseman's glove …
  • —Bob Drury
  • The chute snaps open, the sound ricocheting through the gorge like a gunshot, and McGuire is soaring, carving S turns into the air, swooping over a winding creek.
  • —Karl Taro Greenfeld

Examples of ricochet in a Sentence

  1. The bullet ricocheted off the wall.

  2. the ball ricocheted off the fielder's glove and went over the fence for a home run

Recent Examples of ricochet from the Web

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First Known Use of ricochet

1804

ricochet Synonyms


RICOCHET Defined for English Language Learners

ricochet

noun

Definition of ricochet for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a bullet or stone) that ricochets off a surface

  • : the action of ricocheting off a surface


ricochet

verb

Definition of ricochet for English Language Learners

  • : to bounce off a surface and continue moving in a different direction


RICOCHET Defined for Kids

ricochet

verb ric·o·chet \ ˈri-kə-ˌshā \

Definition of ricochet for Students

ricocheted; ricocheting
:to bounce off at an angle
  • … the stones and shattered metal fragments ricocheted about dangerously.
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall


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