• IPA: /ˈɹaɪfəl/

rifle (plural rifles)

  1. (weaponry) A shouldered firearm with a long, rifled barrel to improve range and accuracy.
  2. (military, usually plural, dated) A rifleman.
  3. (weaponry) An artillery piece with a rifled barrel.
  4. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.
Translations Verb

rifle (rifles, present participle rifling; past and past participle rifled)

  1. (intransitive) To quickly search through many items (such as papers, the contents of a drawer, a pile of clothing). (See also riffle)
    She made a mess when she rifled through the stack of papers, looking for the title document.
  2. (intransitive) To commit robbery or theft.
  3. (transitive) To search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.
  4. (transitive) To strip of goods; to rob; to pillage.
    • c. 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The VVinters Tale”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v]:
      Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye: / If not, we'll make you sit and rifle you.
  5. (transitive) To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
    • 1715, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book I”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, OCLC 670734254 ↗:
      Time shall rifle every youthful grace.
  6. (transitive) To add a spiral groove to a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight in order to improve range and accuracy.
  7. (transitive) To cause (a projectile, as a rifle bullet) to travel in a flat ballistic trajectory.
    • 2011 Fighting for Gold: The Story of Canada's Sledge Hockey Paralympic Gold by Lorna Schultz Schultz Nicholson
      But a Norwegian player rifled off a point shot that sailed into the back of the net.
  8. (intransitive) To move in a flat ballistic trajectory (as a rifle bullet).
    • 2014: Lights of Summer: The Run for Glory by Alexander Rebelle
      The ball rifled off the bat.
  9. (obsolete, transitive) To dispose of in a raffle.
  10. (obsolete, intransitive) To engage in a raffle.

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