- to cut spiral grooves on the inside of (a gun barrel, etc.)
Origin of rifle< riflethe to hurl or throw with great speed
Origin of rifleFrench rifler, to scrape, scratch ; from Old French ; from Middle High German riffeln, to scratch, heckle (flax) ; from Old High German riffilon, akin to ripple
- ⌂ a gun, fired from the shoulder, with spiral grooves cut into the inner surface of the barrel
- a rifled artillery piece
- troops armed with rifles
Origin of rifleshort for rifled gun
- to ransack and rob (a place); pillage; plunder
- Now Rare to search and rob (a person)
- to take as plunder; steal
Origin of rifleMiddle English riflen ; from Old French rifler, to plunder, origin, originally , to scratch: see rifle
- a. A firearm with a rifled bore, designed to be fired from the shoulder.b. An artillery piece or naval gun with such spiral grooves.
- rifles Troops armed with rifles.
transitive verbri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
Origin of rifleFrom rifle, to cut spiral grooves in, from French rifler, from Old French, to plunder, scratch; see rifle2.
verbri·fled, ri·fling, ri·fles
- 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.
- To rob or search with the intent to rob: rifled the travelers of their belongings.
- To steal (goods).
Origin of rifleMiddle English riflen, to plunder, from Old French rifler, probably of Germanic origin.
(third-person singular simple present rifles, present participle rifling, simple past and past participle rifled)
- to search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder.
- To scan many items (especially papers) in a set, quickly. (See also riffle)
- She made a mess when she rifled through the stack of papers, looking for the title document.
- To add a spiral to the interior of a gun bore to make a fired bullet spin in flight to improve range and accuracy.
- To strike something with great power.
- (intransitive) To commit robbery.
- To strip of goods; to rob; to pillage.
- To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
- To raffle.
Middle English, from Old French rifler (“to scrape off, plunder"), from Old Low Franconian *riffilÅn (compare obsolete Dutch rijffelen 'to scrape', Old English geriflian (“to wrinkle"), Middle High German riffeln (“to scratch, heckle (flax)"), Old High German riffilÅn (“to saw, rub apart")), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *rÄ«fanÄ… (compare Old Norse rifa (“to tear, break")). More at rive.