Rifling
Rifling Ri"fling, n. (a) The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel. (b) The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon. [1913 Webster]

{Shunt rifling}, rifling for cannon, in which one side of the groove is made deeper than the other, to facilitate loading with shot having projections which enter by the deeper part of the grooves. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • rifling — [rīf′liŋ] n. 1. the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of a gun barrel to make the projectile spin when fired, thus giving the shot greater accuracy and distance 2. a series or system of such grooves …   English World dictionary

  • rifling — noun a) The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel. b) The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon. Shunt rifling, rifling for cannon, in which one side of the groove is made deeper than the other, to… …   Wiktionary

  • Rifling — Rifle Ri fle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rifled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rifling}.] [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain origin. CF. {Raff}.] 1. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off. [1913 Webster] Till time shall rifle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rifling — noun Date: 1797 1. the act or process of making spiral grooves 2. a system of spiral grooves in the surface of the bore of a gun causing a projectile when fired to rotate about its longer axis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rifling — rifling1 /ruy fling/, n. 1. the act or process of cutting spiral grooves in a gun barrel, pipe, etc. 2. the system of spiral grooves so cut. [1790 1800; RIFLE1 + ING1] rifling2 /ruy fling/, n. the act or process of ransacking or robbing. [RIFLE2… …   Universalium

  • rifling — ri·fling || raɪflɪŋ n. cutting of grooves in the barrel of a firearm; grooves in the barrel of a firearm ri·fle || raɪfl n. firearm with spiral grooves carved inside the gun barrel (causes the bullet to spin and improves accuracy) v. steal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rifling — noun spiral grooves on the inside of a rifle barrel …   English new terms dictionary

  • rifling — ri•fling [[t]ˈraɪ flɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) the cutting of spiral grooves in a gun barrel, pipe, etc 2) the system of grooves so cut • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • rifling — /ˈraɪflɪŋ/ (say ruyfling) noun 1. the act or process of cutting spiral grooves in a gun barrel, etc. 2. the system of spiral grooves so cut. {rifle1 + ing1} …   Australian English dictionary

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