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rifle

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verb ri·fle \ˈrī-fəl\

Definition of rifle

rifled

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rifling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ransack especially with the intent to steal

  3. 2 :  to steal and carry away

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in ransacking and stealing

rifler

play \-f(ə-)lər\ noun

Origin and Etymology 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


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rifle

verb ri·fle

Definition of rifle

rifled

;

rifling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cut spiral grooves into the bore of rifled arms rifled pipe

Origin and Etymology of rifle

perhaps from French rifler to scratch, file, from Middle French, to scrape, plunder


First Known Use: 1635

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rifle

noun ri·fle

Definition of rifle

  1. 1a :  a shoulder weapon with a rifled boreb :  a rifled artillery piece

  2. 2 rifles plural :  soldiers armed with rifles

1756

First Known Use of rifle

1756

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms


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rifle

verb ri·fle

Definition of rifle

rifled

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rifling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to hit or throw (a ball) with great force or speed

Origin and Etymology of rifle

3rifle


First Known Use: 1937



RIFLE Defined for English Language Learners


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rifle

noun ri·fle

Definition of rifle for English Language Learners

  • : a gun that has a long barrel and that is held against your shoulder when you shoot it


RIFLE Defined for Kids

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rifle

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verb ri·fle \ˈrī-fəl\

Definition of rifle for Students

rifled

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rifling

  1. 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. 2 :  1steal 1


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rifle

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noun ri·fle

Definition of rifle for Students

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



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