rifle

A rifle is a long, powerful gun that is fired from the shoulder. A soldier is most often armed with a rifle.

Some hunters use rifles, which fire single bullets rather than the small pellets, or shot, that shotguns fire. A rifle can do more damage and is therefore often used in the military. The name comes from the shape of the barrel, which is grooved — or rifled, from the Old French word rifler, "to scratch or groove." Another meaning of rifle comes from the same root but means "to search through things in a hurried way."

Primary Meanings of rifle

1.
n
a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore
2.
v
go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way
Full Definitions of rifle
1

n a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore

“he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired”
Types:
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carbine
light automatic rifle
Garand, Garand rifle, M-1, M-1 rifle
a semiautomatic rifle
precision rifle, sniper rifle
an extremely powerful rifle developed for the military; capable of destroying light armored vehicles and aircraft more than a mile away
Winchester
a shoulder rifle
Dragunov
a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight
Type of:
firearm, piece, small-arm
a portable gun
2

v go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way

“Who rifled through my desk drawers?”
Synonyms:
go
Type of:
search
subject to a search

v steal goods; take as spoils

Synonyms:
despoil, foray, loot, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, strip
Types:
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
Type of:
take
take by force

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