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ri·fle 1

(rī′fəl)
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).

[Short for rifle gun, rifled gun, from rifle, to cut spiral grooves in, from French rifler, to scratch, from Middle French, from Old French; see rifle2.]

ri·fle 2

(rī′fəl)
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.

[Middle English riflen, to plunder, from Middle French rifler, from Old French rifler, to scratch, brush up against, from Old High German riffilōn, to scrape, scratch; akin to Old Norse rīfa, to rive.]

ri′fler n.

rifle

(ˈraɪfəl)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery)
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. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (formerly) a large cannon with a rifled bore
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) one of the grooves in a rifled bore
4. (Military) (plural)
a. a unit of soldiers equipped with rifles
b. (capital when part of a name): the Rifle Brigade.
vb (tr)
5. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) to cut or mould spiral grooves inside the barrel of (a gun)
6. (General Sporting Terms) to throw or hit (a ball) with great speed
[C18: from Old French rifler to scratch; related to Low German rifeln from riefe groove, furrow]

rifle

(ˈraɪfəl)
vb (tr)
1. to search (a house, safe, etc) and steal from it; ransack
2. to steal and carry off: to rifle goods from a shop.
[C14: from Old French rifler to plunder, scratch, of Germanic origin]
ˈrifler n

ri•fle1

(ˈraɪ fəl)

n., v. -fled, -fling. n.
1. a shoulder firearm with a rifled bore.
2. a rifled cannon.
3. rifles, a military unit equipped with rifles.
v.t.
4. to cut spiral grooves within (a gun barrel, pipe, etc.).
5. to propel (a ball) at high speed.
[1745–55; < Low German rīfeln to groove, derivative of rīve, riefe groove, furrow; akin to Old English rifelede wrinkled]

ri•fle2

(ˈraɪ fəl)

v.t. -fled, -fling.
1. to ransack and rob.
2. to steal and take away.
[1325–75; Middle English < Old French rifler to scratch, strip, plunder, probably < Germanic; compare Old High German riffilōn to tear]
ri′fler, n.

rifle


Past participle: rifled
Gerund: rifling

Imperative
rifle
rifle
Present
I rifle
you rifle
he/she/it rifles
we rifle
you rifle
they rifle
Preterite
I rifled
you rifled
he/she/it rifled
we rifled
you rifled
they rifled
Present Continuous
I am rifling
you are rifling
he/she/it is rifling
we are rifling
you are rifling
they are rifling
Present Perfect
I have rifled
you have rifled
he/she/it has rifled
we have rifled
you have rifled
they have rifled
Past Continuous
I was rifling
you were rifling
he/she/it was rifling
we were rifling
you were rifling
they were rifling
Past Perfect
I had rifled
you had rifled
he/she/it had rifled
we had rifled
you had rifled
they had rifled
Future
I will rifle
you will rifle
he/she/it will rifle
we will rifle
you will rifle
they will rifle
Future Perfect
I will have rifled
you will have rifled
he/she/it will have rifled
we will have rifled
you will have rifled
they will have rifled
Future Continuous
I will be rifling
you will be rifling
he/she/it will be rifling
we will be rifling
you will be rifling
they will be rifling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been rifling
you have been rifling
he/she/it has been rifling
we have been rifling
you have been rifling
they have been rifling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been rifling
you will have been rifling
he/she/it will have been rifling
we will have been rifling
you will have been rifling
they will have been rifling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been rifling
you had been rifling
he/she/it had been rifling
we had been rifling
you had been rifling
they had been rifling
Conditional
I would rifle
you would rifle
he/she/it would rifle
we would rifle
you would rifle
they would rifle
Past Conditional
I would have rifled
you would have rifled
he/she/it would have rifled
we would have rifled
you would have rifled
they would have rifled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rifle - a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled borerifle - a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore; "he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
bolt - a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech
carbine - light automatic rifle
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
Garand, Garand rifle, M-1, M-1 rifle - a semiautomatic rifle
pump action, slide action - action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round
rifle butt - the butt end of a rifle
precision rifle, sniper rifle - an extremely powerful rifle developed for the military; capable of destroying light armored vehicles and aircraft more than a mile away
Winchester - a shoulder rifle
Verb1.rifle - steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
take - take by force; "Hitler took the Baltic Republics"; "The army took the fort on the hill"
deplume, displume - strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
2.rifle - go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
search - subject to a search; "The police searched the suspect"; "We searched the whole house for the missing keys"

rifle

verb
1. rummage, go, search, hunt, rake, sift, forage, fossick (Austral. & N.Z.) The men rifled through his clothing.
2. ransack, rob, burgle, loot, strip, sack, gut, plunder, pillage, despoil The child rifled the till while her mother distracted the postmistress.
Translations
بُنْدُقِيَّةبُنْدُقِيَّهيَسْرِقيُفَتِّش
puškaukrástprohledat
riffelstjælegennemsøgegevær
تفنگ
kivääri
puška
átkutat és kirabolpuska
riffillstelaleita í
ライフル銃
소총
šautuvas
nolaupītnozagtpārmeklētšautenevandīties
puşcă
prehádzaťpuška
puška
puška
gevär
ปืนเล็กยาว
súng trường

rifle

1 [ˈraɪfl] VT (= search) → desvalijar
to rifle a casedesvalijar una maleta
the house had been rifledhabían saqueado la casa
they rifled the house in search of moneysaquearon la casa en busca de dinero
to rifle sb's pocketsvaciar los bolsillos a algn
rifle through VI + PREPrebuscar en, revolver

rifle

2 [ˈraɪfl]
A. N
1. (= gun) → rifle m, fusil m
2. the Rifles (= regiment) → los fusileros, el regimiento de fusileros
B. VT (Tech) → estriar, rayar
C. CPD rifle butt Nculata f de rifle
rifle fire Nfuego m de fusilería
rifle range N (Mil) → campo m de tiro; (at fair) → barraca f de tiro al blanco
rifle shot Ntiro m de fusil
within rifle shota tiro de fusil

rifle

[ˈraɪfəl]
nfusil m
a hunting rifle → un fusil de chasse
modif [barrel, butt, fire, shot] → de fusil
vt [+ house, room] → vider, dévaliser
rifle through
vt fus [+ drawer, handbag, clothes, pile] → fouiller dans

rifle

:
rifle association
rifle butt
nGewehrkolben m
rifle club
rifleman
n(Gewehr)schütze m
rifle practice
n (Mil) → Schießübung f
rifle range
nSchießstand m; within riflein Schussweite (eines Gewehrs)
riflescope
nZielfernrohr nt
rifle shot
nGewehrschuss m

rifle

1
vt
townplündern; (also rifle through) sb’s pockets, drawer, till, housedurchwühlen
ball, shotdonnern (inf)

rifle

2
n (= gun)Gewehr nt (mit gezogenem Lauf); (for hunting) → Büchse f; the Rifles (Mil) → ˜ die Schützen pl

rifle

1 [ˈraɪfl] vt (house, till) → ripulire, svuotare
rifle through vi + prepfrugare

rifle

2 [ˈraɪfl] nfucile m, carabina

rifle

(ˈraifl) noun
a gun with a long barrel, fired from the shoulder. The soldiers are being taught to shoot with rifles.
verb
1. to search (through something). The thief rifled through the drawers.
2. to steal. The document had been rifled.
ˈrifle-range noun
a place for rifle practice.

rifle

بُنْدُقِيَّة puška riffel Gewehr τουφέκι rifle kivääri fusil puška fucile ライフル銃 소총 geweer rivle karabin rifle винтовка gevär ปืนเล็กยาว tüfek súng trường 步枪
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The hunters came trooping on deck with shot-guns and ammunition-boxes, and, most unusual, their rifles.
For two days and nights, crouching behind a rock topped with a growth of mesquite, and with the cliff at my back, suffering agonies of thirst and absolutely hopeless of deliverance, I fought the fellows at long range, firing occasionally at the smoke of their rifles, as they did at that of mine.
They came on, stooping and swinging their rifles at all angles.
With their rifles in hand, and every man stretched flat upon the ground, Trent's little party lay waiting.
Suddenly the horrid war-whoop burst on their ears, mingled with the sharp report of rifles, and a legion of savages sprang from their concealments, yelling, and shaking their buffalo robes to frighten the horses.
my first thought was that something had carried away aloft; but even as I went down, and before I struck the deck, I heard the devil's own tattoo of rifles from the boats, and twisting sidewise, I caught a glimpse of the sailor who was standing guard.
Always were they menaced by some frightful thing and seldom were their rifles cool, yet even in the brief time they had dwelt upon Caprona they had become callous to danger, so that they swung along laughing and chatting like soldiers on a summer hike.
There were too many rifles down below there, and rifles had a way of going off from the hip.
So saying, he drew a large knife from a leathern sheath, which was stuck through his girdle, or sash, and cut the throat of the animal, “If there are two balls through the deer, I would ask if there weren’t two rifles fired— besides, who ever saw such a ragged hole from a smooth-bore as this through the neck?
Snider and Taylor were armed with rifles and revolvers, while I carried only a revolver.
Accordingly, having made everything snug in camp, the party, Tom and Ned equipped with electric rifles, and the professor with a butterfly net and specimen boxes, set forth.
But we retained our rifles, every man--Ramon Gallegos, William Shaw, George W.