Rifle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈraɪfl|  American pronunciation of the word rifle
Brit.  |ˈrʌɪf(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word rifle


- a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore


- steal goods; take as spoils (syn: despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, strip)
- go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way(syn: go)


The rifle fires / goes off.

The rifle jams / misfires.

Someone's been rifling through my drawers, there's some money missing.

Sally rifled through her wardrobe looking for a dress.

The killer had rifled his wallet and stolen £200.

he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired

Who rifled through my desk drawers?

The soldiers loosed a volley of rifle fire.

The damage was caused by accidental discharge of a hunting rifle.

The rifle recoiled and bruised my shoulder.

The rifle was extremely accurate.

Name the limbs of the lock, and the other principal parts of the rifle.

The rifle receivers lotted up in groups.

Dull phut of a rifle sounded from the window.

The soldier jabbed a rifle into his ribs.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: rifle
he/she/it: rifles
present participle: rifling
past tense: rifled
past participle: rifled
singular: rifle
plural: rifles
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