Rifle

Definition of Rifle

Ri´fle
v. t.1.To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
[imp. & p. p. Rifled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Rifling .]
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.
v. i.1.To raffle.
2.To commit robbery.
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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.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.(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.
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.

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