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. 2001.

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  • Rifling — refers to the helix shaped pattern in the barrel of a firearm, which imparts a spin to a projectile around its long axis. This spin serves to gyroscopically stabilize the projectile, improving its aerodynamic stability and accuracy.Rifling is… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — 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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