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.
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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.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.
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.]
Ri·fle, v. i.
1. To raffle. [Obs.]
2. To commit robbery. [R.]
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,
2: go through in search of something; search through someone's
belongings in an unauthorized way; "Who rifled through my
desk drawers?" [syn: go]