ri·​fling | \ ˈrī-f(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce rifling (audio) \

Definition of rifling

1 : the act or process of making spiral grooves
2 : a system of spiral grooves in the surface of the bore of a gun causing a projectile when fired to rotate about its longer axis

Examples of rifling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Compass has a three-lug bolt, a three-position safety, a user adjustable trigger, and 5R rifling is standard. Richard Mann, Outdoor Life, "Best Bolt-Action Rifle Bargains," 17 Sep. 2019 The rifling at the muzzle of my match rifle shows hardly any wear at all. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Is Your Rifle Barrel Shot Out?," 20 Feb. 2020 Extending the forcing cone gives the slug a better transition into the rifling, Klotz says. Curtis Niedermier, Outdoor Life, "The 15 Best Shotguns for Deer Hunting," 18 Nov. 2019 Matty's time to shine came as autumn started to bite, the 19-year-old rifling home the winner versus Manchester United to once again put the family name up in lights. SI.com, "Ranking All 20 Premier League Midfields From Worst to Best," 18 Oct. 2019 Cristiano Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead after 20 minutes, shifting the ball onto his right foot and rifling past the Bologna goalkeeper. SI.com, "Juventus 2-1 Bologna: Report, Ratings & Reaction as I Bianconeri Edge Past I Rossoblu," 19 Oct. 2019 And this isn’t just some esoteric rifling through the past. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Lenovo Can No Longer Justify Goodwill in These Times," 23 May 2019 There are small grooves — called rifling — twisting in a spiral down the barrels. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "A Teen and a Toy Gun," 6 Feb. 2018 In real guns, the rifling propels the bullet out of the chamber in a spiraling motion. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "A Teen and a Toy Gun," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rifling

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 May 2020

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“Rifling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rifling. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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