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rifle

verb ri·fle \ ˈrī-fəl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rifle

rifled; rifling play \ˈrī-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to ransack especially with the intent to steal
2 :to steal and carry away
intransitive verb
:to engage in ransacking and stealing

rifler

play \ˈrī-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


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rifle

verb

Definition of rifle

rifled; rifling play \ˈrī-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
: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

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rifle

noun

Definition of rifle

1 a :a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore
b :a rifled artillery piece
2 rifles plural :soldiers armed with rifles

First Known Use of rifle

1756

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rifle

verb

Definition of rifle

rifled; rifling play \ˈrī-f(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
:to hit or throw (a ball) with great force or speed

Origin and Etymology of rifle



RIFLE Defined for English Language Learners

rifle

noun

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

verb ri·fle \ ˈrī-fəl \

Definition of rifle for Students

rifled; rifling
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 :1steal 1

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rifle

noun

Definition of rifle for Students

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


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