Definitions of rifle

  1. steal goods; take as spoils; " During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
  2. a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore; " he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
  3. go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way; " Who rifled through my desk drawers?"
  4. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
  5. To strip; to rob; to pillage.
  6. To raffle.
  7. To commit robbery.
  8. 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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.
  9. A body of soldiers armed with rifles.
  10. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.
  11. To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.
  12. To whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3.
  13. A firearm with the barrel spirally grooved for the purpose of insuring greater accuracy in fire.
  14. To groove ( the barrel of a gun) spirally; pillage; rob; as, to rifle a church; to seize and bear away by force; as, they will rifle his goods.
  15. To carry off by force: to strip, to rob.
  16. RIFLER.
  17. To groove spirally, as a gun- barrel.
  18. A musket with a barrel spirally grooved.
  19. A gun with spirally grooved barrel.
  20. To groove, as the barrel of a gun.
  21. To plunder; rob.
  22. To despoil; plunder; snatch away.
  23. To groove spirally, as the bore of a gun; rotate when discharged, as a bullet.
  24. A firearm having spiral grooves within the bore for imparting rotation to the projectile.
  25. Rifleman.
  26. Troops armed with rifles.
  27. A musket, whose barrel is spirally grooved.
  28. To seize and bear away by force; to strip; to plunder.
  29. To groove, as a ritio.
  30. To ransack; to sweep all away; to pillage; to plunder.
  31. 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.
  32. To channel or groove.

Usage examples for rifle

  1. " Tell me how they could get his own rifle away from him if he could fire a gun at all. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  2. He is said to have accounted for nine Germans with his own rifle in one morning. – A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair
  3. They left one of their number on the ground, the victim of the rifle- shot we had heard. – A Little Union Scout by Joel Chandler Harris
  4. The one thing to remember is that you have a rifle. – By Right of Purchase by Harold Bindloss
  5. " Mebbe they figger a man'll do a lot o' things he don't want to with a rifle barrel stuck in his neck or the small of his back," said Lund grimly. – A Man to His Mate by J. Allan Dunn
  6. And they gave me Wayne's rifle to carry. – The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden
  7. How dare you touch my rifle?" – The Story of General Gordon by Jeanie Lang
  8. Oh, why, why had she not brought a rifle? – The Shepherd of the North by Richard Aumerle Maher
  9. Those heads there are all the tale of my rifle. – The Boy Scouts On The Range by Lieut. Howard Payson
  10. If I had had my rifle in my hand, we should never have got within a hundred yards of the beast. – Macleod of Dare by William Black
  11. He too had a rifle and, as he saw Wiley watching him, he dropped back and hid from sight. – Shadow Mountain by Dane Coolidge
  12. You had the rifle. – The Red Derelict by Bertram Mitford
  13. I stuck my rifle under this porch." – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  14. He drew back from the rifle, and the others edged away from it. – The Hohokam Dig by Theodore Pratt
  15. No; I reckon I'll take Lieutenant Ripley up to my house, for he's an old friend of mine, interposed Butters; and he's the only man that can ever beat me shootin' with a rifle. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  16. Can I use the rifle? – The Lost Wagon by James Arthur Kjelgaard
  17. That young fellow has a rifle, and he knows how to use it. – Lost in the Cañon by Alfred R. Calhoun
  18. You can take my big rifle yourself. – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney
  19. He is fully dressed for a shooting expedition in the Rocky Mountains, and carries a rifle under his arm. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  20. The Boy let the rifle lie. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)