Definition of Rifle in English :

Define Rifle in English

Rifle meaning in English

Meaning of Rifle in English

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Rifle pronunciation in English

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Rifle

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Noun

1. rifle

a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore

Example Sentences:
'he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired'

Verb

2. despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip

steal goods; take as spoils

Example Sentences:
'During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners'

3. go, rifle

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

Example Sentences:
'Who rifled through my desk drawers?'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Rifle

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noun
1. 
a. 
a firearm having a long barrel with a spirally grooved interior, which imparts to the bullet spinning motion and thus greater accuracy over a longer range
b. 
(as modifier)
rifle fire
2. 
(formerly) a large cannon with a rifled bore
3. 
one of the grooves in a rifled bore
4. (plural)
a. 
a unit of soldiers equipped with rifles
b. 
(capital when part of a name)
the Rifle Brigade
verb (transitive)
5. 
to cut or mould spiral grooves inside the barrel of (a gun)
6. 
to throw or hit (a ball) with great speed
verb (transitive)
1. 
to search (a house, safe, etc) and steal from it; ransack
2. 
to steal and carry off
to rifle goods from a shop

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Rifle

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verb transitiveWord forms: ˈrifled or ˈrifling
1. 
a. 
to ransack and rob (a place); pillage; plunder
b.  Rare
to search and rob (a person)
2. 
to take as plunder; steal
verb transitiveWord forms: ˈrifled or ˈrifling
1. 
to cut spiral grooves on the inside of (a gun barrel, etc.)
2.  US
to hurl or throw with great speed
noun
3. 
a.  US
a gun, fired from the shoulder, with spiral grooves cut into the inner surface of the barrel
see also rifle2 verb transitive
b. 
a rifled artillery piece
4.  [pl.]
troops armed with rifles

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


Rifle

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n.
1.
a. A firearm with a spirally grooved bore, designed to be fired from the shoulder.
b. An artillery piece or naval gun with a spirally grooved bore.
2. rifles Troops armed with rifles.
tr.v. ri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
To cut spiral grooves within (a gun barrel, for example).
v. ri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
v. tr.
1. To search (an area or container, for example) thoroughly, especially using the hands with the intent to steal or remove something: rifled the desk, looking for the keys.
2. To rob or search with the intent to rob: rifled the travelers of their belongings.
3. To steal (goods).
v. intr.
To search vigorously: rifling through my drawers to find matching socks.

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