What does riffle mean?

Definitions for riffle
ˈrɪf əlrif·fle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ripple, rippling, riffle, waveletnoun

    a small wave on the surface of a liquid

  2. riffleverb

    shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners

  3. flick, ruffle, riffleverb

    twitch or flutter

    "the paper flicked"

  4. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riffverb

    look through a book or other written material

    "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"

  5. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulateverb

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  6. riffleverb

    shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix


  1. rifflenoun

    A fast-flowing, shallow part of a stream causing broken water.

  2. rifflenoun

    A succession of small waves.

  3. rifflenoun

    A trough or sluice having cleats, grooves, or steps across the bottom for holding quicksilver and catching particles of gold when auriferous earth is washed. Also one of the cleats, grooves or steps in such trough.

  4. rifflenoun

    A quick skim through the pages of a book.

  5. rifflenoun

    The act of shuffling cards; the sound made while shuffling cards.

  6. riffleverb

    To flow over a fast moving shallow part of a stream.

  7. riffleverb

    To ruffle with a rippling action.

  8. riffleverb

    To skim or flick through the pages of a book.

  9. riffleverb

    To leaf through rapidly.

  10. riffleverb

    To shuffle playing cards by separating the deck in two and sliding the thumbs along the edges of the cards to mix the two parts.

  11. riffleverb

    To idly manipulate objects with the fingers.

  12. riffleverb

    To prepare samples of material using a riffler.

  13. Etymology: Possible alteration of ruffle, from ruffelen, akin to


  1. Riffle

    A riffle is a shallow landform in a flowing channel. Colloquially, it is a shallow place in a river where water flows quickly past rocks. However, in geology a riffle has specific characteristics.


  1. riffle

    A riffle generally refers to a shallow landform in streams or rivers, characterized by coarse sediments, low flows and small fluctuations in depth. It is also used to describe a shuffle in card games where the deck is divided into two roughly equal portions that are then interlaced together. In music, a riffle can refer to a short, repeated melodic pattern.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rifflenoun

    a trough or sluice having cleats, grooves, or steps across the bottom for holding quicksilver and catching particles of gold when auriferous earth is washed; also, one of the cleats, grooves, or steps in such a trough. Also called ripple

  2. Etymology: [CF. G. riffeln, riefeln, to groove. Cf. Rifle a gun.]


  1. Riffle

    A Riffle is a short, relatively shallow and coarse-bedded length of stream over which the stream flows at higher velocity and higher turbulence than it normally does in comparison to a pool. As a result of the increased velocity and heightened turbulence, small ripples are frequently found. Riffles are usually caused by an increase in a stream bed's slope or an obstruction in the water. Riffles are instrumental in the formation of meanders, with deeper pools forming alternately. Although simple fluid flow suggests slower flow in deeper water and faster flow over riffles, the true flow pattern pool and riffle waters is often helicoidal flow or turbulent, which permits more rapid erosion of the wetted perimeter. Nevertheless, the coarse-grained bedding of riffles suggests erosion of smaller particles, according to the Hjulstrom curve. Riffles are typically found in the middle course of rivers, and are theoretically found at intervals around 6 times the width of the river, although local conditions cause this to vary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Riffle

    rif′l, n. in mining, the lining of the bottom of a sluice: in seal engraving, a small iron disc at the end of a tool.—n. Riff′ler, a curved file for working in depressions. [Dan. rifle, a groove.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Riffle is ranked #6253 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Riffle surname appeared 5,461 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Riffle.

    94.9% or 5,185 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 100 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 97 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 30 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 20 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of riffle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of riffle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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