Rifle Ri"fle, n. [Akin to Dan. rifle, or riffel, the rifle of a gun, a chamfer (cf. riffel, riffelb["o]sse, a rifle gun, rifle to rifle a gun, G. riefeln, riefen, to chamfer, groove), and E. rive. See {Rive}, and cf. {Riffle}, {Rivel}.] 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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket. [1913 Webster]

2. pl. (Mil.) A body of soldiers armed with rifles. [1913 Webster]

3. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes. [1913 Webster]

{Rifle pit} (Mil.), a trench for sheltering sharpshooters. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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