rifle has definitions from the fields of arms,criminal law
[ noun ] (arms) a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore


"he lifted the rifle to his shoulder and fired"

Used in print


The girls , very fetching in their uniforms , are shown firing rockets from a launcher mounted on a dump_truck ; they are also trained with carbines , automatic weapons , pistols , rifles and other such ladies ' accessories .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

As they were riding along this winding road on the bench of land between the two bluffs , a volley of rifle fire suddenly crashed around the two officers .

(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)

From the east to the west coast of the Korean_peninsula was a strip of land in which fear filled men were at that same moment furtively crawling through the night , sitting in sweaty anticipation of any movement or sound , or shouting amidst confused rifle flashes and muzzle blasts .

Warren eased his rifle 's safety off and gently , slowly sneaked another clip of ammunition from one of the cloth bandoleers that marked the upper part of his body with an X .

(Howard Fast, April Morning....)

From above me and somewhere behind me , a rifle cracked .

[ verb ] (criminal law) steal goods; take as spoils


"During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners"

Used in print

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

Above_all , disabuse yourselves of any thought that I propose to vent moral indignation at your rifling my residence , to whimper over the loss of a_few objets_d'art , or to shame you into rectitude .

[ verb ] go through in search of something; search through someone's belongings in an unauthorized way




"Who rifled through my desk drawers?"

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