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English definition of “rifle”

rifle

noun [C]  /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/ us  

rifle noun [C] (GUN)

a type of gun with a long barrel (= cylindrical part) which is fired from the shoulder

rifle

verb  /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/ us  

rifle verb (SEARCH)

[I/T] to search quickly through something, esp. in order to steal something: [I] He rifled through the safe, but the diamonds were gone.

rifle verb (HIT OR THROW)

[T] to hit or throw a ball very hard: By the game’s end, he had rifled two balls out of the ball field.
(Definition of rifle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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