What does ricochet mean?

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

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

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"


  1. Ricochet(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [F.]


  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

  4. Origin: [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.]

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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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vali Nasr:

    But it may actually ricochet on them.

  2. 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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