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a. A rocky shoal or sandbar lying just below the surface of a waterway.
b. A stretch of choppy water caused by such a shoal or sandbar; a rapid.
c. A wave or ripple in such water.
a. In mining, the sectional stone or wood bottom lining of a sluice, arranged for trapping mineral particles, as of gold.
b. A groove or block in such a lining.
3. Games The act or an instance of shuffling cards.
v. rif·fled, rif·fling, rif·fles
1. Games To shuffle (playing cards) by holding part of a deck in each hand and raising up the edges before releasing them to fall alternately in one stack.
2. To thumb through (the pages of a book, for example).
1. Games To shuffle cards.
2. To flow in rough waves or become choppy, as water.
1. (when: intr, often foll by through) to flick rapidly through (the pages of a book, magazine, etc), esp in a desultory manner
2. (Card Games) to shuffle (playing cards) by halving the pack and flicking the adjacent corners together
3. to make or become a riffle
4. (Physical Geography)
a. a rapid in a stream
b. a rocky shoal causing a rapid
c. a ripple on water
5. (Mining & Quarrying) mining a contrivance on the bottom of a sluice, containing transverse grooves for trapping particles of gold
6. the act or an instance of riffling
[C18: probably from ruffle1, influenced by ripple1]
v. -fled, -fling,
1. to flip hastily with the fingers; flutter: to riffle papers.
2. to shuffle (cards) by dividing a deck in two, raising the corners of the cards slightly, and allowing them to fall alternately together.
3. to cause a ripple in or upon.v.i.
4. to become riffled; flutter or ripple; move in ripples.n.
5. a rapid, as in a stream.
6. a ripple, as upon the surface of water.
7. the act or method of riffling cards.
Past participle: riffled
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|Noun||1.||riffle - a small wave on the surface of a liquid|
|2.||riffle - shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners|
|Verb||1.||riffle - twitch or flutter; "the paper flicked"|
|2.||riffle - look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"|
peruse - examine or consider with attention and in detail; "Please peruse this report at your leisure"
|3.||riffle - stir up (water) so as to form ripples|
|4.||riffle - shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix|