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riflenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈraɪ.fl̩/
a ​type of ​gun with a ​long barrel (= ​partshaped like a ​tube), fired from the ​shoulder and ​designed to be ​accurate at ​longdistances

rifleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈraɪ.fl̩/
to ​searchquickly through something, often in ​order to ​steal something: The ​safe had been rifled and the ​diamonds were gone. He rifled through the ​papers on the ​desk, but couldn't ​find the ​photographs.
(Definition of rifle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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riflenoun [C]

 us   /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/
  • rifle noun [C] (GUN)

a ​type of ​gun with a ​longbarrel (= ​cylindricalpart) which is ​fired from the ​shoulder

rifleverb

 us   /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/
  • rifle verb (SEARCH)

[I/T] to ​searchquickly 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 ​ballfield.
(Definition of rifle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “rifle”
in Korean 소총…
in Arabic بُنْدُقِيّة…
in Malaysian senapang…
in French fusil, carabine…
in Russian винтовка…
in Chinese (Traditional) 來福槍, 步槍…
in Italian fucile, carabina…
in Turkish tüfek…
in Polish karabin, strzelba…
in Spanish rifle…
in Vietnamese súng trường…
in Portuguese rifle…
in Thai ปืนยาว…
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…
in Indonesian senapan…
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