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"rifle" in American English

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riflenoun [C]

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

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

rifleverb

 us   /ˈrɑɪ·fəl/
  • 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)







"rifle" in British English

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riflenoun [C]

uk   /ˈraɪ.fəl/  us   /ˈraɪ.fəl/
a type of gun with a long barrel (= part shaped like a tube), fired from the shoulder and designed to be accurate at long distances

rifleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈraɪ.fəl/  us   /ˈraɪ.fəl/
to search quickly 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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