What does riffle mean?

Definitions for riffleˈrɪf əl

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ripple, rippling, riffle, wavelet(noun)

    a small wave on the surface of a liquid

  2. riffle(verb)

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

  3. flick, ruffle, riffle(verb)

    twitch or flutter

    "the paper flicked"

  4. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riff(verb)

    look through a book or other written material

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

  5. ripple, ruffle, riffle, cockle, undulate(verb)

    stir up (water) so as to form ripples

  6. riffle(verb)

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


  1. riffle(Noun)

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

  2. riffle(Noun)

    A succession of small waves.

  3. riffle(Noun)

    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. riffle(Noun)

    A quick skim through the pages of a book.

  5. riffle(Noun)

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

  6. riffle(Verb)

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

  7. riffle(Verb)

    To ruffle with a rippling action.

  8. riffle(Verb)

    To skim or flick through the pages of a book.

  9. riffle(Verb)

    To leaf through rapidly.

  10. riffle(Verb)

    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. riffle(Verb)

    To idly manipulate objects with the fingers.

  12. riffle(Verb)

    To prepare samples of material using a riffler.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Riffle(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.]


  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

Images & Illustrations of riffle

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