a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore
"he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray(verb)
steal goods; take as spoils
"During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
"Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy.
to search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.
To scan many items (especially papers) in a set, quickly. (See also riffle)
She made a mess when she rifled through the stack of papers, looking for the title document.
To add a spiral to the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.
To strike something with great power.
Origin: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.
to seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off
to strip; to rob; to pillage
to commit robbery
a gun, the inside of whose barrel is grooved with spiral channels, thus giving the ball a rotary motion and insuring greater accuracy of fire. As a military firearm it has superseded the musket
a body of soldiers armed with rifles
a strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes
to grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon
to whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3
Origin: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves cut into the barrel walls. The raised areas of the rifling are called "lands," which make contact with the projectile, imparting spin around an axis corresponding to the orientation of the weapon. When the projectile leaves the barrel, this spin lends gyroscopic stability to the projectile and prevents tumbling, in the same way that a properly thrown American football or rugby ball behaves. This allows the use of aerodynamically-efficient pointed bullets and thus improves range and accuracy. The word "rifle" originally referred to the grooving, and a rifle was called a "rifled gun." Rifles are used in warfare, hunting and shooting sports. Typically, a bullet is propelled by the contained deflagration of an explosive compound, although other means such as compressed air are used in air rifles, which are popular for vermin control, hunting small game, formal target shooting and casual shooting.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rī′fl, v.t. to carry off by force: to strip, to rob: to whet, as a scythe.—n. Rī′fler. [O. Fr. rifler—Scand., Ice. hrífa, to seize.]
rī′fl, v.t. to groove spirally, as a gun-barrel.—n. a musket with a barrel spirally grooved—many varieties, the Enfield, Minié, Martini-Henry, Chassepot, Mannlicher-repeating, Remington, Lee-Metford, &c.—ns. Rī′fle-bird, an Australian bird-of-Paradise; Rī′fle-corps, a body of soldiers armed with rifles; Rī′fleman, a man armed with a rifle; Rī′fle-pit, a pit dug to shelter riflemen; Rī′fle-range, a place for practice with the rifle; Rī′fling, the act of cutting spiral grooves in the bore of a gun; Rī′fling-machine′. [Scand.; Dan. rifle, to groove, freq. of rive, to tear.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'rifle' in Nouns Frequency: #2927
The numerical value of rifle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of rifle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The National Rifle Association are the gun nuts of the world.
Making fun of born-again Christians is like hunting dairy cows with a high powered rifle and scope.
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
Being an old Mississippi boy, I'd deer hunted and I knew immediately he had a deer rifle, a .30-(caliber) deer rifle.
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
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- стрэ́льба, вінтоўка, ружжоBelarusian
- karabinenn, fuzuilhBreton
- fusell, rifleCatalan, Valencian
- puška, ručniceCzech
- τυφέκιον, τουφέκιGreek
- fusil, rifleSpanish
- isneach, gunna-peilearScottish Gaelic
- rifle, fusilGalician
- राइफल, राइफ़लHindi
- karabély, puskaHungarian
- 小銃, ライフル, ライフル銃Japanese
- 小銃, 라이플, 소총, 라이플 총Korean
- raiwhara, pū raiwhara, paraketuMāori
- geweer, karabijnDutch
- rifleNorwegian Nynorsk
- karabin, gwintówkaPolish
- fuzil, espingarda, refle, riflePortuguese
- pușcă, ghintuită, flintăRomanian
- ружьё, винтовка, карабинRussian
- пушка, puškaSerbo-Croatian
- තුවක්කුවSinhala, Sinhalese
- karabína, puškaSlovak
- гвинтівка, рушницяUkrainian
- súng trườngVietnamese
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