unrifled

adjective

un·​ri·​fled ˌən-ˈrī-fəld How to pronounce unrifled (audio)
: not rifled: such as
a
: not ransacked or plundered
rooms left unrifled
Soon, while the crews were awaiting the arrival of the ship, the body [of the whale] showed symptoms of sinking with all its treasures unrifled. Herman Melville
b
: not having spiral grooves cut into the bore
a gun with an unrifled barrel

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Having a wide, smooth, unrifled barrel, the Holman could shoot nearly anything a sailor could fit inside it. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2017 Having a wide, smooth, unrifled barrel, the Holman could shoot nearly anything a sailor could fit inside it. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, 4 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unrifled was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Unrifled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unrifled. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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