Meaning of RIFLE in English

n. & v.

n. 1 a gun with a long rifled barrel, esp. one fired from shoulder-level. 2 (in pl.) riflemen.

v.tr. make spiral grooves in (a gun or its barrel or bore) to make a bullet spin. rifle bird any dark green Australian bird of paradise of the genus Ptiloris. rifle-range a place for rifle-practice. rifle-shot 1 the distance coverable by a shot from a rifle. 2 a shot fired with a rifle.

[ OF rifler graze, scratch f. Gmc ]

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