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Meaning of RIFLE

Pronunciation:  'rIful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore; "he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
  2. [v]  go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
  3. [v]  steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

RIFLE is a 5 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: despoil, foray, go, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, strip
 See Also: bolt, carbine, deplume, displume, firearm, Garand, Garand rifle, M-1, M-1 rifle, piece, pump action, rifle butt, search, slide action, small-arm, take, Winchester



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ri"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rifled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Rifling}.] [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain
    origin. CF. {Raff}.]
    1. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry
             Till time shall rifle every youthful grace. --Pope.
    2. To strip; to rob; to pillage. --Piers Plowman.
             Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye: If
             not, we'll make you sit and rifle you. --Shak.
    3. To raffle. [Obs.] --J. Webster.
  2. \Ri"fle\, v. i.
    1. To raffle. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    2. To commit robbery. [R.] --Bp. Hall.
  3. \Ri"fle\, n. [Akin to Dan. rifle, or riffel, the rifle of
    a gun, a chamfer (cf. riffel, riffelb["o]sse, a rifle gun,
    rifle to rifle a gun, G. riefeln, riefen, to chamfer,
    groove), and E. rive. See {Rive}, and cf. {Riffle}, {Rivel}.]
    1. A gun, the inside of whose barrel is grooved with spiral
       channels, thus giving the ball a rotary motion and
       insuring greater accuracy of fire. As a military firearm
       it has superseded the musket.
    2. pl. (Mil.) A body of soldiers armed with rifles.
    3. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material,
       used for sharpening scythes.
    {Rifle pit} (Mil.), a trench for sheltering sharpshooters.
  4. \Ri"fle\, v. t.
    1. To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally
       with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a
    2. To whet with a rifle. See {Rifle}, n., 3.