Riffle Definition

rĭfəl
riffled, riffles, riffling
noun
riffles
A rocky shoal or sandbar lying just below the surface of a waterway.
American Heritage
A shoal, reef, or shallow in a stream, producing a stretch of ruffled or choppy water.
Webster's New World
A stretch of such water.
Webster's New World
A ripple or the ripples of such water.
Webster's New World
A contrivance, as of bars or slats, put across the bottom of a sluice to form grooves or open spaces for catching and holding particles of gold in mining.
Webster's New World
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verb
riffled, riffles, riffling
To leaf rapidly through (a book, etc.), as by letting the edges or corners of the pages slip lightly across the thumb.
Webster's New World
To shuffle (playing cards) by holding part of the deck in each hand, raising the corners or edges slightly, and causing the cards to fall alternately together.
Webster's New World
To form, become, or flow over or through, a riffle.
Webster's New World
To shuffle cards.
American Heritage

To ruffle with a rippling action.

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Other Word Forms of Riffle

Noun

Singular:
riffle
Plural:
riffles

Origin of Riffle

  • Possible alteration of ruffle, from Middle English ruffelen, akin to Low German ruffelen (“to crumple")

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly blend of ripple ruffle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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