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rifle (search)

Definition:

to go through in search of something; to search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Past tense:

rifled

Present participle:

rifling

3rd-person singular present:

rifles

Type of:

search » examine

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Who rifled through my desk drawers?

Synonyms:

go

Etymology:

[noun] "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore", used earlier of ... |...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of rifle...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Rifle

a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves cut into the barrel walls. The raised areas of the rifling are called "lands," which make contact with the projectile, imparting spin around... (44 of 4611 words, 9 images)

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Rifle (disambiguation)

may refer to: Rifle, a firearm with a stock and a barrel that has a spiral groove or grooves ("rifling") cut into its interior | Rifle, Colorado, a city in Garfield County, Colorado, USA | Rifle (fashion), an Italian clothing company | RIFLE, a ... (41 of 188 words, 12 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

rifle [weapon]

firearm with a rifled bore--i.e., having shallow spiral grooves cut inside the barrel to impart a spin to the projectile. The name, most often applied ... (26 of 471 words, 5 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/503347​/rifle

Wiktionary:

rifle | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

A long firearm firing a single projectile, usually with a rifled barrel to improve accuracy. | A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes. | to search with intent to steal; to ransack, pillage or plunder. | To... (42 of 111 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rifle

Collins Dictionary:

rifle | ransack [synonym, sense-specific] | rifler [noun, derived]

a firearm having a long barrel with a spirally grooved interior, which ... | [modifier] | (formerly) a large cannon with a rifled bore | one of the ... (25 of 556 words, 10 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rifle

Oxford Dictionary:

rifle [entry 1] | rifles | rifled

a gun, especially one fired from shoulder level, having a long spirally ... | ("rifles") : troops armed with rifles | (usually as adjective "rifled") ... (23 of 173 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rifle

rifle [entry 2] | steal [synonym, sense-specific]

search through something in a hurried way in order to find or steal something | steal (15 of 74 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rifle--2

Random House Dictionary:

rifle | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | Rifle [sense-specific]

a shoulder firearm with spiral grooves cut in the inner surface of the gun ... | one of the grooves. | a cannon with such grooves. | "rifle" or ... (26 of 125 words, 10 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/rifle

American Heritage Dictionary:

rifle | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present] | rifler [noun, related]

A firearm with a rifled bore, designed to be fired from the shoulder. | An artillery piece or naval gun with such spiral grooves. | "rifles": Troops ... (25 of 120 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rifle

New World Dictionary:

rifle | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifler [noun, related]

to cut spiral grooves on the inside of (a gun barrel, etc.) | [United States] to hurl or throw with great speed | [United States] a gun, fired from ... (27 of 118 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rifle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rifle [transitive, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present] | rifle through

"rifle" or "rifle through": to search quickly through something such as a container or a group of objects in order to find or steal something | to ... (26 of 85 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rifle 5

rifle [countable] | rifles [plural]

a large gun with a long barrel that you hold against your shoulder to fire (15 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rifle

Merriam-Webster:

rifle [entry 1, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifler [noun, related]

to ransack especially with the intent to steal | to steal and carry away | to engage in ransacking and stealing (19 of 65 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle

rifle [entry 2, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

to cut spiral grooves into the bore of (8 of 37 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle show=1

rifle [entry 3, noun] | rifles [plural]

a shoulder weapon with a rifled bore ; a rifled artillery piece | "rifles": soldiers armed with rifles (17 of 38 words, 2 definitions)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle show=2

rifle [entry 4, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

to propel (as a ball) with great force or speed (10 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle show=3

Cambridge Dictionary:

rifle [entry 1]

a type of gun with a long barrel (part shaped like a tube), which is fired from the shoulder and is designed to be accurate at long distances (28 of 35 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rifle 1

rifle [entry 2]

to search quickly through something, often in order to steal something (11 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rifle 2

Columbia Encyclopedia:

small arms | machine gun | musket | pistol | revolver | rifle | shotgun

firearmsdesigned primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. (23 of 27 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/history​/A​0845576​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

rifle [entry 1] | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

a gun with a long barrel that is fired from the shoulder. Spiral grooves ... | a large cannon with spirals cut into the bore | a unit of soldiers ... (28 of 125 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702739​/definition​.html  [offline]

rifle [entry 2] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present]

to search through something, e.g. a drawer or room, vigorously, hurriedly, ... | to rob or plunder somebody or something (19 of 77 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702740​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

rifle

First use: 1775

Origin: [noun] "portable firearm having a spirally grooved bore", used earlier of ... | [verb] "to plunder", early 14th century (implied in rifling), from ... (23 of 93 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=rifle

Wiktionary:

rifle | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French rifler ("to scrape off, plunder"), from Old Low Franconian *riffilōn (compare obsolete Dutch rijffelen 'to scrape', Old English geriflian ("to wrinkle"), Middle High German riffeln... (30 of 56 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rifle

New World Dictionary:

rifle | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

Origin: "rifle"the | French rifler, to scrape, scratch from Old French from Middle High German riffeln, to scratch, heckle (flax) from Old High ... (21 of 44 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rifle

American Heritage Dictionary:

rifle | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From rifle, to cut spiral grooves in, from French ... | Middle English riflen, to plunder, from Old French rifler, probably of Germanic origin. (23 of 33 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/rifle

Collins Dictionary:

rifle

First use: 18th century | 14th century

Origin: from Old French rifler to scratch; related to Low German rifeln from riefe groove, furrow | from Old French rifler to ... (24 of 29 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rifle

Oxford Dictionary:

rifle [entry 1] | rifles | rifled

First use: mid 17th century | 1940s

Origin: French rifler "graze, scratch", of Germanic origin. The earliest ... | sense-specific: from rifle "gun", suggestive of explosive speed; ... (22 of 45 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rifle

rifle [entry 2]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French rifler "graze, plunder", of Germanic origin

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/rifle--2

Merriam-Webster:

rifle [entry 1, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French rifler to scrape off, plunder, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German riffilōn to saw, obsolete ... (23 of 27 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle

rifle [entry 2, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

First use: 1635

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

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/rifle show=1

rifle [entry 4, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

First use: 1937

Origin: rifle

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Encarta Dictionary:

rifle [entry 1] | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

First use: Late 17th century

Origin: French rifler "scratch"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702739​/definition​.html  [offline]

rifle [entry 2] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French rifler "plunder, scratch"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702740​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

rifle | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rifle"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/rifle

Collins Dictionary:

rifle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rifle"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/rifle

Macmillan British Dictionary:

rifle [transitive, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rifle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/rifle 5

rifle [countable] | rifles [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "rifle"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

rifle [transitive, verb] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle] | rifles [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rifle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rifle 5

rifle [countable, noun] | rifles [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rifle"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/rifle

Cambridge Dictionary:

rifle [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "rifle"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "rifle"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/rifle 2

the Free Dictionary:

rifle

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "rifle"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "rifle"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "rifle" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

rifle | rifles [plural] | rifled [past tense] | rifling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "rifle"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

rifle

Audio: North American pronunciation of "rifle"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=rifle​001 word=rifle

YourDictionary Audio:

rifle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "rifle" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

Rifle

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Rifle" by speech synthesizer

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