What does Rifle mean?

Definitions for Rifle
ˈraɪ fəlRi·fle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Rifle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rifleverb

    a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore

    "he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"

  2. plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, forayverb

    steal goods; take as spoils

    "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

  3. rifle, goverb

    go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way

    "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

Wiktionary

  1. riflenoun

    A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy.

    Etymology: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.

  2. rifleverb

    to search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.

    Etymology: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.

  3. rifleverb

    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.

    Etymology: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.

  4. rifleverb

    To add a spiral to the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.

    Etymology: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.

  5. rifleverb

    To strike something with great power.

    Etymology: from rifler, from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete rijffelen 'to scrape', geriflian, riffeln, riffilōn), frequentative of rīfanan (compare rifa). More at rive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rifleverb

    to seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  2. Rifleverb

    to strip; to rob; to pillage

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  3. Rifleverb

    to raffle

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  4. Rifleverb

    to raffle

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  5. Rifleverb

    to commit robbery

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  6. Riflenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  7. Riflenoun

    a body of soldiers armed with rifles

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  8. Riflenoun

    a strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  9. Rifleverb

    to grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

  10. Rifleverb

    to whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3

    Etymology: [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.]

Freebase

  1. Rifle

    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

  1. Rifle

    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.]

  2. Rifle

    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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rifle

    A fire-arm having a number of spiral grooves cut into the surface of its bore, for the purpose of giving the projectile a motion about a line coinciding with the direction of its flight. See Ordnance, Small-arms, Magazine Guns, and Lyman’s Multi-charge Gun.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Rifle' in Nouns Frequency: #2927

Anagrams for Rifle »

  1. filer

  2. flier

  3. lifer

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rifle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Rifle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Rifle in a Sentence

  1. Jimmie Johnson:

    When you're struggling, you almost have a shotgun approach, and you're trying to hit a wide pattern and see what brings speed, when you unload off the truck and you're fast, you get much more into like a rifle scenario and you're very precise with the changes you make, and there's a lot of speed in the details.

  2. Hagai Katz:

    The Galil ACE is actually a modernized Galil assault rifle, we made it efficient and much more relevant for today’s modern warfare. Today’s modern battlefield includes [close quarter battle]. You need to be faster than the enemy. You need to be more efficient. You need to be accurate. That’s what you have in this rifle.

  3. This YETI:

    ( If) YETI can't stand behind the National Rifle Association, I ain't standing behind This YETI no more.

  4. Kyle Rittenhouse:

    Our job is to protect this business and part of my job is to also help people, if there's somebody hurt, I'm running into harm's way. That's why I have my rifle, because I need to protect Kyle Rittenhouse obviously. I also have my med kit.

  5. Joel Myrick:

    Being an old Mississippi boy, I'd deer hunted and I knew immediately he had a deer rifle, a .30-(caliber) deer rifle.

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