Definitions of rifle

  1. To groove spirally, as the bore of a gun; rotate when discharged, as a bullet.
  2. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
  3. To strip; to rob; to pillage.
  4. To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.
  5. To whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3.
  6. To carry off by force: to strip, to rob.
  7. To groove spirally, as a gun- barrel.
  8. To groove, as the barrel of a gun.
  9. To plunder; rob.
  10. To despoil; plunder; snatch away.
  11. To commit robbery.
  12. To raffle.
  13. To seize and bear away by force; to strip; to plunder.
  14. To groove, as a ritio.
  15. To ransack; to sweep all away; to pillage; to plunder.
  16. To channel or groove.
  17. Troops armed with rifles.
  18. 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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.
  19. A body of soldiers armed with rifles.
  20. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.
  21. A firearm with the barrel spirally grooved for the purpose of insuring greater accuracy in fire.
  22. RIFLER.
  23. A musket with a barrel spirally grooved.
  24. A gun with spirally grooved barrel.
  25. A firearm having spiral grooves within the bore for imparting rotation to the projectile.
  26. Rifleman.
  27. A musket, whose barrel is spirally grooved.
  28. A musket or hand- gun, the inside of the barrel of which is grooved or formed with spiral channels in order to make the bullet revolve.