rifle

verb (1)
ri·​fle | \ˈrī-fəl \
rifled; rifling\ˈrī-​f(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of rifle 

(Entry 1 of 4)

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

rifle

verb (2)
rifled; rifling\ˈrī-​f(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of rifle (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to cut spiral grooves into the bore of rifled arms rifled pipe

rifle

noun

Definition of rifle (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore

b : a rifled artillery piece

2 rifles plural : soldiers armed with rifles

rifle

verb (3)
rifled; rifling\ˈrī-​f(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of rifle (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to hit or throw (a ball) with great force or speed

Other Words from rifle

Verb (1)

rifler \ˈrī-​f(ə-​)lər \ noun

First Known Use of rifle

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1635, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (3)

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rifle

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

Verb (3)

rifle entry 3

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rifle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rifle

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

rifle

verb
ri·​fle | \ˈrī-fəl \
rifled; rifling

Kids Definition of rifle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

rifle

noun

Kids Definition of rifle (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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