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 Creedmoor gets its longrange performance reputation from a combination of 140- to 143-grain, high B.C. bullets and fast twist rifling, usually 1:8 or even 1:7.5. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, 10 Sep. 2020 The baseline model has a 16-inch barrel with six-groove rifling and a 1:9 rate of twist. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, 19 Aug. 2020 The Compass has a three-lug bolt, a three-position safety, a user adjustable trigger, and 5R rifling is standard. Richard Mann, Outdoor Life, 17 Sep. 2019 The rifling at the muzzle of my match rifle shows hardly any wear at all. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 20 Feb. 2020 Extending the forcing cone gives the slug a better transition into the rifling, Klotz says. Curtis Niedermier, Outdoor Life, 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, 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, 19 Oct. 2019 And this isn’t just some esoteric rifling through the past. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 23 May 2019 See More

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First Known Use of rifling

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rifling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rifling. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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