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. rifle(verb)

    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, foray(verb)

    steal goods; take as spoils

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

  3. rifle, go(verb)

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

    "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

Wiktionary

  1. rifle(Noun)

    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. rifle(Verb)

    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. rifle(Verb)

    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. rifle(Verb)

    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. rifle(Verb)

    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. Rifle(verb)

    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. Rifle(verb)

    to strip; to rob; to pillage

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

  3. Rifle(verb)

    to raffle

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

  4. Rifle(verb)

    to raffle

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

  5. Rifle(verb)

    to commit robbery

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

  6. Rifle(noun)

    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. Rifle(noun)

    a body of soldiers armed with rifles

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

  8. Rifle(noun)

    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. Rifle(verb)

    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. Rifle(verb)

    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. Jonny Kim:

    Single cracks are usually not good. The crack, you know, in the crack, when I say crack, I mean when you are on the giving end of a rifle, you it's a much different sound than being on the receiving end of a rifle, that of a bullet that is supersonic makes a very distinctive crack. And when you hear that, and it's a single one, it generally is not good.

  2. Wayne LaPierre:

    National Rifle Association is well governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance.

  3. Booker T. Washington:

    We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.

  4. Shahad Smith:

    Enough of National Rifle Association. Enough of that.

  5. Andrew Arulanandam:

    National Rifle Association is not inclined to discuss private conversations with the President, however, many of the accounts of the meeting, as reported in The New York Times, are inaccurate. National Rifle Association categorically denies any discussion occurred about special arrangements pertaining to the NRA's support of the President and vice versa.

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