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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.
Translations of “rifle”
in Korean 소총…
in Arabic بُنْدُقِيّة…
in French fusil, carabine…
in Turkish tüfek…
in Italian fucile, carabina…
in Chinese (Traditional) 來福槍, 步槍…
in Russian винтовка…
in Polish karabin, strzelba…
in Spanish rifle…
in Portuguese rifle…
in German das Gewehr…
in Catalan rifle…
in Japanese (銃身の長い)銃, ライフル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 来复枪, 步枪…
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