imperfect & past participle Rifled; present participle & verbal noun Rifling. ; (French) rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. Raff.
[imperfect & past participle Rifled; present participle & verbal noun Rifling.]1. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off. 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. (Shakespeare)3. To raffle. (obsolete) J. Webster.
Akin to (Danish) rifle, or riffel, the rifle of a gun, a chamfer (confer riffel, riffelbösse, a rifle gun, rifle to rifle a gun, German riefeln, riefen, to chamfer, groove), and (English) rive. See Rive, and confer Riffle, Rivel.
1. To raffle. (obsolete) Chapman.2. To commit robbery. [Rare] Bishop Hall.
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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.2.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. (Military) 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 (Military), a trench for sheltering sharpshooters.
1. To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.2. To whet with a rifle. See Rifle, noun 3.
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Middle English, from Old French rifler (“to scrape off, plunder”), from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete Dutch rijffelen 'to scrape', Old English geriflian (“to wrinkle”), Middle High German riffeln (“to scratch, heckle (flax)”), Old High German riffilōn (“to saw, rub apart”)), frequentative of Proto-Germanic *rīfaną (compare Old Norse rifa (“to tear, break”)). More at rive.
fuzil, refle, espingarda, escopeta
rifle (plural rifles) A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy. 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 7, The Dust of Conflict: Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane, and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.
rifle (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. 2010 December 28, Marc Vesty, “Stoke 0 - 2 Fulham”, BBC: Davies's cross was headed away from danger by Robert Huth, only for Baird to take the ball in his stride and rifle his right-footed effort towards the corner from the edge of the box. (intransitive) To commit robbery. (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?) (transitive) To strip of goods; to rob; to pillage. Shakespeare Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye: / If not, we'll make you sit and rifle you. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off. Alexander Pope Time shall rifle every youthful grace. To raffle. (Can we find and add a quotation of J. Webster to this entry?)
filer, flier, lifer
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