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. rifleverb

    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, forayverb

    steal goods; take as spoils

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

  3. rifle, goverb

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

    "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"


  1. riflenoun

    A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy.

  2. rifleverb

    to search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.

  3. rifleverb

    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.

  4. rifleverb

    To add a spiral to the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.

  5. rifleverb

    To strike something with great power.

  6. 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. Rifleverb

    to seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off

  2. Rifleverb

    to strip; to rob; to pillage

  3. Rifleverb

    to raffle

  4. Rifleverb

    to raffle

  5. Rifleverb

    to commit robbery

  6. Riflenoun

    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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket

  7. Riflenoun

    a body of soldiers armed with rifles

  8. Riflenoun

    a strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes

  9. Rifleverb

    to grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon

  10. Rifleverb

    to whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3

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


  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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  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. Stoneman Douglas:

    President Donald Trump's a professional liar who will say anything to appease whatever crowd President Donald Trump's at, if President Donald Trump's in front of families, President Donald Trump might say something in support of common sense gun reform. But then when President Donald Trump's at the National Rifle Association, President Donald Trump'll say something to get a big cheer.

  2. Nathaniel Woods on Thursday:

    When I looked to the side, there was two police officers trying to train their guns on me so I opened fire with the f *** ing rifle. I wasn't trying to get shot, period. I got a rifle in my hand. They're going to shoot me.

  3. Dick Fairburn:

    There's no advantage for a handgun over an assault rifle.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    But I believe we have gone way too far in being intimidated by the (National Rifle Association), and I have said repeatedly that the majority of Americans and the majority of gun owners support universal background checks, and for the NRA to take these absolute positions on behalf of the most extreme of their members, and carrying water for the manufacturers and dealers, is just wrong.

  5. Christa Wolf:

    To become oneself, with all one's strength. Difficult. A bomb, a speech, a rifle shot -- and the world can look a different place. And then where is this self

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    a hazy or indistinct representation
    • A. jeopardize
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