rifleman

noun
ri·fle·man | \ˈrī-fəl-mən \

Definition of rifleman 

1 : a soldier armed with a rifle

2 : one skilled in shooting with a rifle

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The most crucial videos showed civilian protesters in helmets and winter jackets facing off against masked riflemen who had taken up barricaded shooting positions. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "Who Killed the Kiev Protesters? A 3-D Model Holds the Clues," 30 May 2018 Despite this designated marksmen are still riflemen at heart and train to shoot shorter distances than snipers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Marines Set to Field New Designated Marksman Rifle," 30 Apr. 2018 His grandfather had been a rifleman for the Confederacy. Thomas Curwen, latimes.com, "Tom Wolfe, novelist and pioneer of New Journalism, dies at 88," 15 May 2018 His grandfather had been a rifleman for the Confederacy. Thomas Curwen, sacbee, "Tom Wolfe, novelist and pioneer of New Journalism, dies at 88 | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 Designated marksmen received instruction in shooting farther than the average rifleman, particularly the means to negate the effects of gravity and wind on a 5.56-millimeter bullet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Marines Set to Field New Designated Marksman Rifle," 30 Apr. 2018 In 1956, he was drafted into the Army and was trained as an infantry rifleman and in cryptography. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "William Griffin Morrel Jr., banker who established Maryland National Bank's international operations, dies," 15 Apr. 2018 Last year, an infantry battalion at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina received the first female infantry Marines, who were set to serve in the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, with specializations as rifleman, machine gun and mortar, 1st Lt. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "1st black woman nominated to be Marine brigadier general," 12 Apr. 2018 All the rifleman has to do is press the release and gravity does the rest. James Fallows, The Atlantic, "As Students 'March for Our Lives,' What Are the Feasible Aims for Gun Control?," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rifleman

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rifleman

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rifleman

: a soldier who carries a rifle

: a person who is skilled at shooting a rifle

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