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No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
Meg Cabot

Meaning of "rifle" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD RIFLE

From Old French rifler to scratch; related to Low German rifeln from riefe groove, furrow.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF RIFLE

rifle  [ˈraɪfəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF RIFLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Rifle is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb rifle in English.

WHAT DOES RIFLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

rifle

Rifle

Top: Baker rifle, a 19th-century flintlock rifle Middle: M1903 Springfield, an early 20th-century bolt-action rifle Bottom: АК-47, a mid-20th-century gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle A rifle is 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 an axis corresponding to the orientation of the weapon. When the projectile leaves the barrel, this spin lends gyroscopic stability to the projectile and prevents tumbling, in the same way that a properly thrown American football or rugby ball behaves. This allows the use of aerodynamically-efficient pointed bullets and thus improves range and accuracy. The word "rifle" originally referred to the grooving, and a rifle was called a "rifled gun." Rifles are used in warfare, hunting and shooting sports.

Definition of rifle in the English dictionary

The first definition of rifle in the dictionary is a firearm having a long barrel with a spirally grooved interior, which imparts to the bullet spinning motion and thus greater accuracy over a longer range. Other definition of rifle is a large cannon with a rifled bore. Rifle is also one of the grooves in a rifled bore.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO RIFLE

PRESENT

Present
I rifle
you rifle
he/she/it rifles
we rifle
you rifle
they rifle
Present continuous
I am rifling
you are rifling
he/she/it is rifling
we are rifling
you are rifling
they are rifling
Present perfect
I have rifled
you have rifled
he/she/it has rifled
we have rifled
you have rifled
they have rifled
Present perfect continuous
I have been rifling
you have been rifling
he/she/it has been rifling
we have been rifling
you have been rifling
they have been rifling
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I rifled
you rifled
he/she/it rifled
we rifled
you rifled
they rifled
Past continuous
I was rifling
you were rifling
he/she/it was rifling
we were rifling
you were rifling
they were rifling
Past perfect
I had rifled
you had rifled
he/she/it had rifled
we had rifled
you had rifled
they had rifled
Past perfect continuous
I had been rifling
you had been rifling
he/she/it had been rifling
we had been rifling
you had been rifling
they had been rifling
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will rifle
you will rifle
he/she/it will rifle
we will rifle
you will rifle
they will rifle
Future continuous
I will be rifling
you will be rifling
he/she/it will be rifling
we will be rifling
you will be rifling
they will be rifling
Future perfect
I will have rifled
you will have rifled
he/she/it will have rifled
we will have rifled
you will have rifled
they will have rifled
Future perfect continuous
I will have been rifling
you will have been rifling
he/she/it will have been rifling
we will have been rifling
you will have been rifling
they will have been rifling
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would rifle
you would rifle
he/she/it would rifle
we would rifle
you would rifle
they would rifle
Conditional continuous
I would be rifling
you would be rifling
he/she/it would be rifling
we would be rifling
you would be rifling
they would be rifling
Conditional perfect
I would have rifle
you would have rifle
he/she/it would have rifle
we would have rifle
you would have rifle
they would have rifle
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been rifling
you would have been rifling
he/she/it would have been rifling
we would have been rifling
you would have been rifling
they would have been rifling
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you rifle
we let´s rifle
you rifle
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to rifle
Past participle
rifled
Present Participle
rifling
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH RIFLE


apocryphal
əˈpɒkrɪfəl
caliphal
ˈkeɪlɪfəl
Eifel
ˈaɪfəl
Eiffel
ˈaɪfəl
hyphal
ˈhaɪfəl
Parsifal
ˈpɑːsɪfəl
piffle
ˈpɪfəl
riffle
ˈrɪfəl
siffle
ˈsɪfəl
skiffle
ˈskɪfəl
sniffle
ˈsnɪfəl
stifle
ˈstaɪfəl
trifle
ˈtraɪfəl
whiffle
ˈwɪfəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE RIFLE

riffle
riffler
riffola
riffraff
Rifi
Rifian
rifle butt
rifle green
rifle grenade
rifle range
rifle shot
riflebird
rifleman
riflemen
rifler
riflery
rifles
rifling
riflip

WORDS THAT END LIKE RIFLE

air rifle
assault rifle
Browning automatic rifle
Enfield rifle
express rifle
Garand rifle
hunting rifle
M-1 rifle
pea rifle
service rifle
Springfield rifle
Winchester rifle

Synonyms and antonyms of rifle in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «RIFLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «rifle» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of rifle
burgle · despoil · forage · fossick · go · gut · hunt · loot · pillage · plunder · rake · ransack · rob · rummage · sack · search · sift · strip

Translation of «rifle» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF RIFLE

Find out the translation of rifle to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of rifle from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «rifle» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

步枪
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

rifle
570 millions of speakers

English

rifle
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

राइफल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

بُنْدُقِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

винтовка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

rifle
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

রাইফেল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

fusil
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Senapang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gewehr
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ライフル銃
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

소총
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Senapan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

súng trường
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துப்பாக்கி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

राइफल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tüfek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fucile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

karabin
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

гвинтівка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pușcă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

τουφέκι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

geweer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

gevär
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

rivle
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of rifle

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «RIFLE»

The term «rifle» is very widely used and occupies the 11.793 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of rifle
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «rifle».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «RIFLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «rifle» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «rifle» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about rifle

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «RIFLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word rifle.
1
Steve Albini
My dad, Frank Addison Albini, was a terrific shot with a rifle and had generally excellent hunting skills. While my dad loved hunting and fishing, he didn't romanticize them. He was filling the freezer, not intellectualizing some caveman impulse or proving his worth as a real man.
2
Brendan Behan
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
3
Roy Blunt
Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day - the description was, 'Never shot. Dropped once.
4
Sitting Bull
I wish it to be remembered that I was the last man of my tribe to surrender my rifle.
5
Meg Cabot
No matter how nice the company one might be with, however, it is never pleasant to have a rifle pointed at one's back.
6
Bonnie Jo Campbell
We have a shotgun we inherited from my father-in-law, a paranoid Englishman living in Texas. I have a .22 Marlin rifle, similar to the one Annie Oakley had, and my husband has a .357 Magnum pistol. All those are locked up tight, of course. We have a couple of pellet guns that get more use than the real guns.
7
Jeff Cooper
Pick up a rifle and you change instantly from a subject to a citizen.
8
John Sherman Cooper
Now, people have said that somebody told them that they saw somebody on the railroad bank or saw somebody going over the bank, but no one has ever been able to show any cartridges, any rifle, any pistol, no one has ever found anything other than the evidence about Oswald.
9
John Sherman Cooper
The tests which showed that this was the only rifle which had the markings which were shown on the bullets; the fact that a man was seen by several witnesses, not identified, but seen in the window with the general description of what he looked like.
10
Dale Earnhardt
When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «RIFLE»

Discover the use of rifle in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to rifle and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Rifle
A priceless, handcrafted rifle, fired throughout the American Revolution, is passed down through the years until it fires on a fateful Christmas Eve of 1994.
Gary Paulsen, 2008
2
Gun Digest Book of The Tactical Rifle: A User's Guide
Ever feel like burning up some ammo? Well, so does Pat Sweeney! In the Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Rifle, America¹s favorite black rifle expert puts today's hottest tactical rifles through their paces.
Patrick Sweeney, 2011
3
My Father's Rifle: A Childhood in Kurdistan
My Father's Rifle ends with his heartbreaking departure from his parents and flight across the Syrian border to freedom.
Hiner Saleem, 2006
4
Gun Digest Book of the .22 Rifle
Everything You Need to Know About America's Favorite Rifles!
C. Rodney James, 2010
5
Pack and Rifle
PACK AND RIFLE is the book that has inspired generations of hunters to experience all that wild New Zealand has to offer. First published in 1971 the book was immediately recognised as a classic of its genre.
Philip Holden, 2012
6
Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army
“Brave, honest, and necessary.”—Nancy Pearl, NPR Seattle Kayla Williams is one of the 15 percent of the U.S. Army that is female, and she is a great storyteller.
Kayla Williams, Michael E. Staub, 2006
7
Shooter's Bible Guide to Rifle Ballistics
The 103rd edition contains up-to-date handgun and rifle ballistic tables along with extensive charts of currently available bullets and projectiles for handloading, as well as a new products section.
Wayne Van Zwoll, 2011
8
Marine Rifle Squad
Here, in the most current version of the manual used by the Corps itself, is the basic guidebook used by all rifle platoon squad leaders.
U.S. Marine Corps, 2007
9
The Ferguson Rifle
It began with gold that had once belonged to Montezuma.
Louis L'Amour, 2005
10
The Lee-Enfield Rifle
Featuring first-hand accounts, brand-new full-colour artwork and close-up photographs, this is the story of the Lee-Enfield, the innovative, reliable and long-lived rifle that equipped British and other forces through the world wars and ...
Martin Pegler, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «RIFLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term rifle is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Man arrested in Fayetteville, North Carolina, mall with rifle, ammunition
(CNN) Police arrested a soldier carrying an AR-15 rifle and ammunition at a Fayetteville, North Carolina, mall after officers received multiple reports of an armed ... «CNN, Jul 15»
2
Arizona suspect fired stolen rifle despite store lock
(CNN) At first police in Marana, Arizona, thought the shoplifted gun Mario Valencia held as he walked through a busy office park was locked and unable to fire. «CNN, Apr 15»
3
Arizona cop hailed as hero after running over rifle-toting suspect …
Tuscon News Now reports that Valencia, 36, abandoned the stolen vehicle later that day at a Marana Wal-Mart, where he allegedly stole the rifle police found ... «AL.com, Apr 15»
4
National Rifle Association convention draws 2016 GOP presidential …
The parade of potential Republican presidential candidates speaking at the National Rifle Association's annual convention isn't one to make waves with the ... «AL.com, Apr 15»
5
Assault rifle bullet sells out ahead of proposed ban
The assault rifle bullet M855, known popularly as the "green tip" ammo, has flown off the shelves of gun stores in the last couple of weeks. The bullets can pierce ... «CNNMoney, Mar 15»
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Proposal to ban assault rifle bullet upsets gun supporters
"The Obama Administration was unable to ban America's most popular sporting rifle through the legislative process, so now it's trying to ban commonly owned ... «CNNMoney, Feb 15»
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Archaeologists find 132-year-old rifle leaning against Nevada desert …
Archaeologists conducting a survey in a US national park have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a tree, possibly having been left ... «ABC Online, Jan 15»
8
National Rifle Association suing Pittsburgh and Philadelphia over …
Let no one accuse the National Rifle Association of being slow on the draw: It is suing Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Lancaster, just days after a new state law ... «Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Jan 15»
9
Dog accidentally shoots owner with rifle
A group of pistol and rifle bullets. Photo by Michael Coddington/Shutterstock. SHERIDAN, Wyo., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Authorities in Wyoming said a man was shot in ... «UPI.com, Dec 14»
10
Families of Newtown victims sue maker and seller of rifle
The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court and released on Monday, asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have ... «CBS News, Dec 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Rifle [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/rifle>. Feb 2023 ».
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