Definitions for rifleˈraɪ fəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ri•fleˈraɪ fəl(n.; v.)-fled, -fling.
(n.)a shoulder firearm with a rifled bore.
a rifled cannon .
rifles, a military unit equipped with rifles.
(v.t.)to cut spiral grooves within (a gun barrel, pipe, etc.).
to propel (a ball) at high speed.
Origin of rifle:
1745–55; < LG rīfeln to groove, der. of rīve, riefe groove, furrow; akin to OE rifelede wrinkled
ri•fleˈraɪ fəl(v.t.)-fled, -fling.
to ransack and rob.
to steal and take away.
Origin of rifle:
1325–75; ME < OF rifler to scratch, strip, plunder, prob. < Gmc; cf. OHG riffilōn to tear
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?"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a long gun
a hunting rifle
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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket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
Translations for rifle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to search (through something)
The thief rifled through the drawers.
- soek, deursoekAfrikaans
- pilharPortuguese (BR)
- hurgar; desvalijarSpanish
- زیر و رو کردنFarsi
- छीन लेनाHindi
- (átkutat és) kirabolHungarian
- frugare, rovistareItalian
- 샅샅이 뒤지다Korean
- pārmeklēt; vandīties (lai laupītu)Latvian
- gjennomsøke, rote gjennomNorwegian
- زیر و رو کردنPersian
- رخيزنوپك، ميل: برمه كول، رخې وركولPashto
- a scotociRomanian
- brzo pretražitiSerbian
- 翻騙遍Chinese (Trad.)
- تلاش کرناUrdu
- lục lọiVietnamese
- 快速搜寻搜劫Chinese (Simp.)
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