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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ri·fle /ˈraɪfəl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ri·fle v. t.
 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, n., 3.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ri·fle, n.
 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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.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. Mil. 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 Mil., a trench for sheltering sharpshooters.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ri·fle v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rifled p. pr. & vb. n. 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.
 Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye:
 If not, we'll make you sit and rifle you.   --Shak.
 3. To raffle. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ri·fle, v. i.
 1. To raffle. [Obs.]
 2. To commit robbery. [R.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore; "he
          lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"
      v 1: steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people
           looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"
           [syn: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, ransack,
            pillage, foray]
      2: go through in search of something; search through someone's
         belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my
         desk drawers?" [syn: go]