Definitions for ricochetˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ; esp. Brit. ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt; -ˈʃeɪd, -ˌʃeɪd; -ˈʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ˌʃeɪ ɪŋ; -ˌʃɛ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ric•o•chetˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ; esp. Brit. ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt; -ˈʃeɪd, -ˌʃeɪd; -ˈʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ˌʃeɪ ɪŋ; -ˌʃɛt ɪd; -ˌʃɛt ɪŋ(n.; v.)-cheted; -chet•ing; -chet•ted; -chet•ting

  1. (n.)the rebound or skip of an object or projectile after it hits a glancing blow against a surface.

  2. (v.i.)to move in this way.

Origin of ricochet:

1760–70; < F

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ricochet, carom(verb)

    a glancing rebound

  2. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet(verb)

    spring back; spring away from an impact

    "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ricochet(verb)ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ; esp. Brit. ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt

    to hit a surface and bounce in another direction

    A bullet ricocheted off the wall behind us.

Wiktionary

  1. ricochet(Noun)

    A method of firing a projectile so that it skips along a surface.

  2. ricochet(Noun)

    An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound.

  3. ricochet(Verb)

    To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction.

  4. Origin: From ricochet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ricochet(noun)

    a rebound or skipping, as of a ball along the ground when a gun is fired at a low angle of elevation, or of a fiat stone thrown along the surface of water

  2. Ricochet(verb)

    to operate upon by ricochet firing. See Ricochet, n

  3. Ricochet(verb)

    to skip with a rebound or rebounds, as a flat stone on the surface of water, or a cannon ball on the ground. See Ricochet, n

Freebase

  1. Ricochet

    A ricochet is a rebound, bounce or skip off a surface, particularly in the case of a projectile. The possibility of ricochet is one of the reasons for the common firearms safety rule "Never shoot at a flat, hard surface." Ricochets are sometimes called car[r]oms.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

ricochet(verb)

to hit something and bounce away at an angle

The bullet ricocheted off the wall.

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