Meaning of RIFLE in English

I. ˈrī-fəl verb

( ri·fled ; ri·fling -f(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French rifler to scrape off, plunder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German riffilōn to saw, obsolete Dutch rijffelen to scrape

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to ransack especially with the intent to steal

2. : to steal and carry away

intransitive verb

: to engage in ransacking and stealing

• ri·fler -f(ə-)lər noun

II. transitive verb

( ri·fled ; ri·fling -f(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: perhaps from French rifler to scratch, file, from Middle French, to scrape, plunder

Date: 1635

: to cut spiral grooves into the bore of

rifled arms

rifled pipe

III. noun

Date: 1770


a. : a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore

b. : a rifled artillery piece

2. plural : soldiers armed with rifles

IV. transitive verb

( ri·fled ; ri·fling -f(ə-)liŋ)

Etymology: rifle (III)

Date: 1937

: to propel (as a ball) with great force or speed

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.