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Definition of rifle:

  1. A body of soldiers armed with rifles.
  2. 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 As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.
  3. A strip of wood covered with emery or a similar material, used for sharpening scythes.
  4. To commit robbery.
  5. To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.
  6. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
  7. To strip; to rob; to pillage.
  8. To whet with a rifle. See Rifle, n., 3.


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