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1. The process or operation of cutting spiral grooves in a rifle barrel.
2. Grooves cut in a rifle barrel.
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1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of a firearm's barrel
2. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) the series of grooves so cut
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(ˈraɪ flɪŋ)

1. the cutting of spiral grooves in a gun barrel, pipe, etc.
2. the system of grooves so cut.
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Noun1.rifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearmrifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
formation, shaping - the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
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[ˈraɪflɪŋ] N (Tech) → estría f, estriado m, rayado m
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References in classic literature ?
They removed their prisoner to the ground and then commenced a systematic rifling of the vessel.
The rifling of the caches effected a change in the fortunes and deportment of the whole party.
On the contrary, this served rather to heighten the pleasure he proposed in rifling her charms, as it added triumph to lust; nay, he had some further views, from obtaining the absolute possession of her person, which we detest too much even to mention; and revenge itself was not without its share in the gratifications which he promised himself.