What does ricochet mean?

Definitions for ricochet
ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ; esp. Brit. ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt; -ˈʃeɪd, -ˌʃeɪd; -ˈʃeɪ ɪŋ, -ˌʃeɪ ɪŋ; -ˌʃɛric·o·chet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ricochet, caromverb

    a glancing rebound

  2. bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochetverb

    spring back; spring away from an impact

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


  1. Ricochetnoun

    A peculiar gait used by certain animals such as the kangaroo who move by a type of bouncing motion.

    Etymology: [F.]


  1. ricochetnoun

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

    Etymology: From ricochet.

  2. ricochetnoun

    An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound.

    Etymology: From ricochet.

  3. ricochetverb

    To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction.

    Etymology: From ricochet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ricochetnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F.]

  2. Ricochetverb

    to operate upon by ricochet firing. See Ricochet, n

    Etymology: [F.]

  3. Ricochetverb

    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

    Etymology: [F.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ricochet

    rik-ō-shā′, or -shet′, n. a rebound along the ground, as of a ball fired at a low elevation.—v.i. to skip along the ground:—pr.p. ricochet′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. ricochet′ted. [Fr.; ety. unknown.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ricochet

    The bound of a shot. Ricochet fire, that whereby, a less charge and a greater elevation being used, the shot or shell is made to just clear a parapet, and bound along the interior of a work.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ricochet

    In gunnery, the repeated rebounding of round-shot. By firing at a slight elevation, with small charges, in a direction enfilading the face of a work, shot are pitched over the parapet, and bound along the rampart from end to end, with most destructive effect on the guns and gunners occupying it.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ricochet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ricochet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of ricochet in a Sentence

  1. Vali Nasr:

    But it may actually ricochet on them.

  2. Most Democrats:

    It is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation, rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies, the idea of the filibuster was created by those who came before to create comity and to encourage bipartisanship and work together.

  3. Vali Nasr:

    The Taliban may be trying to slacken the resolve of the military by suggesting that there could be a tremendous human costs to the military offensive and create public pressure on the military to back off from this offensive, but it may actually ricochet on them.

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