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riffle

verb rif·fle \ ˈri-fəl \

Definition of riffle

riffled; riffling play \ˈri-f(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to form, flow over, or move in riffles
2 :to flip cursorily :thumb
  • riffle through the catalog
transitive verb
1 :to ruffle slightly :ripple
2 a :to leaf through hastily; specifically :to leaf by sliding a thumb along the edge of the leaves
  • riffle a stack of paper
b :to shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix
3 :to manipulate (small objects) idly between the fingers

Examples of riffle in a Sentence

  1. He riffled the pages of the magazine.

  2. Web research is convenient but doesn't offer the tactile pleasures of riffling through heavy old books.

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Origin and Etymology of riffle

riffle Synonyms

Synonyms
flip, leaf, skim, thumb
Related Words
browse, dip; glance (at), look over, scan
Near Antonyms
pore (over); study

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riffle

noun

Definition of riffle

1 a :a shallow extending across a streambed and causing broken water
b :a stretch of water flowing over a riffle
2 :a small wave or succession of small waves :ripple
3 a :any of various contrivances (such as blocks or rails) laid on the bottom of a sluice or launder to make a series of grooves or interstices to catch and retain a mineral (such as gold)
b :a groove or interstice so formed
4 :a cleat or bar fastened to an inclined surface in a gold-washing apparatus to catch and hold mineral grains
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a :the act or process of shuffling something (such as a deck of cards)
b :the sound made while doing this

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Origin and Etymology of riffle

perhaps alteration of ruffle



RIFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

riffle

verb

Definition of riffle for English Language Learners

  • : to look through something quickly and not very closely


RIFFLE Defined for Kids

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riffle

verb rif·fle \ ˈri-fəl \

Definition of riffle for Students

riffled; riffling
1 :to move lightly
  • Wind riffled the bird's feathers.
2 :to look through quickly
  • I riffled through a magazine.

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riffle

noun

Definition of riffle for Students

1 :a shallow area of a stream bed that causes ripples
2 :2ripple 1


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