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rifle

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verb ri·fle \ˈrī-fəl\

Definition of rifle

rifled

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

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms


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rifle

noun ri·fle

Definition of rifle

  1. 1 a :  a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore b :  a rifled artillery piece

  2. 2 plural :  soldiers armed with rifles

1770

First Known Use of rifle

1770

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms


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rifle

verb ri·fle

Definition of rifle

rifled

rifling

play \-f(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to propel (as 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

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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