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rif·fle

 (rĭf′əl)
n.
1.
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.
2.
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
v.tr.
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).
v.intr.
1. Games To shuffle cards.
2. To flow in rough waves or become choppy, as water.

[Possibly blend of ripple and ruffle.]

riffle

(ˈrɪfəl)
vb
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
n
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]

rif•fle

(ˈrɪf əl)

v. -fled, -fling,
n. v.t.
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.
[1630–40; perh.b. rippleand ruffle1]

riffle


Past participle: riffled
Gerund: riffling

Imperative
riffle
riffle
Present
I riffle
you riffle
he/she/it riffles
we riffle
you riffle
they riffle
Preterite
I riffled
you riffled
he/she/it riffled
we riffled
you riffled
they riffled
Present Continuous
I am riffling
you are riffling
he/she/it is riffling
we are riffling
you are riffling
they are riffling
Present Perfect
I have riffled
you have riffled
he/she/it has riffled
we have riffled
you have riffled
they have riffled
Past Continuous
I was riffling
you were riffling
he/she/it was riffling
we were riffling
you were riffling
they were riffling
Past Perfect
I had riffled
you had riffled
he/she/it had riffled
we had riffled
you had riffled
they had riffled
Future
I will riffle
you will riffle
he/she/it will riffle
we will riffle
you will riffle
they will riffle
Future Perfect
I will have riffled
you will have riffled
he/she/it will have riffled
we will have riffled
you will have riffled
they will have riffled
Future Continuous
I will be riffling
you will be riffling
he/she/it will be riffling
we will be riffling
you will be riffling
they will be riffling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been riffling
you have been riffling
he/she/it has been riffling
we have been riffling
you have been riffling
they have been riffling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been riffling
you will have been riffling
he/she/it will have been riffling
we will have been riffling
you will have been riffling
they will have been riffling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been riffling
you had been riffling
he/she/it had been riffling
we had been riffling
you had been riffling
they had been riffling
Conditional
I would riffle
you would riffle
he/she/it would riffle
we would riffle
you would riffle
they would riffle
Past Conditional
I would have riffled
you would have riffled
he/she/it would have riffled
we would have riffled
you would have riffled
they would have riffled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.riffle - a small wave on the surface of a liquidriffle - a small wave on the surface of a liquid
moving ridge, wave - one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)
2.riffle - shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
shuffle, shuffling, make - the act of mixing cards haphazardly
Verb1.riffle - twitch or flutter; "the paper flicked"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
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 ripplesriffle - stir up (water) so as to form ripples
flow, flux - move or progress freely as if in a stream; "The crowd flowed out of the stadium"
4.riffle - shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix
card game, cards - a game played with playing cards
shuffle, mix, ruffle - mix so as to make a random order or arrangement; "shuffle the cards"

riffle

verb
1. Games. To mix together so as to change the order of arrangement:
2. To look through reading matter casually.Also used with through:
browse, dip into, flip through, glance at (or over) (or through), leaf (through), run through, scan, skim, thumb (through).
Translations

riffle

[ˈrɪfəl] VT (also riffle through) → hojear
to riffle (through) a bookhojear (rápidamente) un libro

riffle

[ˈrɪfəl] vt [+ pages] → feuilleter
riffle through
vt fus [+ pages, papers] → feuilleter

riffle

vt (also riffle through) pagesblättern durch; cardsmischen
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