riffle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v riffle shuffle (playing cards) by separating the deck into two parts and riffling with the thumbs so the cards intermix
    • v riffle twitch or flutter "the paper flicked"
    • v riffle stir up (water) so as to form ripples
    • v riffle look through a book or other written material "He thumbed through the report","She leafed through the volume"
    • n riffle shuffling by splitting the pack and interweaving the two halves at their corners
    • n riffle a small wave on the surface of a liquid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Riffle A ripple in a stream or current of water; also, a place where the water ripples, as on a shallow rapid. "The bass have left the cool depth beside the rock and are on the riffle or just below it."
    • Riffle (Mining) A trough or sluice having cleats, grooves, or steps across the bottom for holding quicksilver and catching particles of gold when auriferous earth is washed; also, one of the cleats, grooves, or steps in such a trough. Also called ripple.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n riffle In mining, the lining of the bottom of a sluice, made of blocks or slats of wood, or stones, arranged in such a manner that chinks are left open between them. In these chinks more or less quicksilver is usually placed, and it is by the aid of this arrangement that the particles of gold, as they are carried downward by the current of water, are arrested and held fast. The whole arrangement at the bottom of the sluices is usually called the riffles. In the smaller gold-saving machines, formerly much used, as the cradle, the slats of wood nailed across the bottom for the purpose of detaining the gold are called riffle-bars or simply riffles.
    • n riffle A piece of plank placed transversely in, and fastened to the bottom of, a fish-ladder. The riffles do not extend from side to side, but only about two thirds across. If the first riffle is fastened on the right side of the box at right angles to its side, it will extend about 30 inches across the box; the next, about 4 feet above, will be fastened on the left side of the box; the next, about 4 feet above, on the right side; and so on alternately until the top is reached. The water passing into the top is caught by the riffles and turned right and left by them until it reaches the stream below. Riffles furnish the fish a resting-place in scaling a dam.
    • n riffle In seal-engraving, a very small iron disk at the end of a tool, used to develop a high polish.
    • n riffle A ripple, as upon the surface of water; hence, a rapid; a place in a stream where a swift current, striking upon rocks, produces a boiling motion in the water.
    • riffle To shuffle a pack of cards by butting the two parts of the pack into each other and then bending them so that they slip together.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Riffle rif′l in mining, the lining of the bottom of a sluice: in seal engraving, a small iron disc at the end of a tool
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
CF. G. riffeln, riefeln, to groove. Cf. Rifle a gun
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dan. rifle, a groove.

Usage

In literature:

Think we can make the riffle all right, in this poor light?
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
Riffle appeared round the corner of the stoep.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Dar goes Black Thunder drivin' 'cross de riber down at de riffle, makin' de water fly befo' him like a runaway hoss.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
I riffle and shuffle and drop 'em in a row, the trick being to pick out the ace.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
He riffled through its pages.
"Starman's Quest" by Robert Silverberg
We found them in pools and riffles everywhere; no water was too white to get a rise.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
I'll lay it all out and make the riffle, don't you worry about that same.
"The Banner Boy Scouts Snowbound" by George A. Warren
The riffles were full of salmon, big, lusty fellows, who glided about the canoe on every side in an endless silver stream.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
You've got grit and you'll 'make the riffle,' sure.
"A Captain in the Ranks" by George Cary Eggleston
The soft, plump wrist turned baby pink under the riffles.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
But joking aside, boys, I think we're going to make the riffle without any trouble.
"Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast" by Louis Arundel
The blue waters of the bay flashed in the sun and riffled under the squalls.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Thoughtfully he riffled the cards a long moment.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Laughter as cool and calm and soothing as the soft wind that riffled her hair.
"Shock Treatment" by Stanley Mullen
The girls and old Mark together make a riffle.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
One day, however, there was quite a riffle in the usually smooth current of affairs.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
The deal came to Gerald, who riffled the cards.
"The Land of Strong Men" by Arthur M. Chisholm
He riffled through the pages with quick and impatient fingers.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
With just a hint of mischief riffling her eyes, but utter artlessness in her voice, she regarded him questioningly.
"The Key to Yesterday" by Charles Neville Buck
There is nothing lovelier in the world than that little limpid stream with its pebbly riffles and its sunlit pools.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
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In poetry:

Disemboguing from foothills, now in hushed meanders,
now in riffling braids, it vaunts across a senile
plain, well-entered, chateau-and-cider-press country,
its regal progress
"River Profile" by W H Auden

In news:

GMAC Mortgage vs Larry J Tice, Lisbon, foreclosure sought for property on Riffle Road, Lisbon.
Sumter officers shoot suspect wielding assault riffle .
Police in Sumter say a suspect was shot Thursday after pointing an assault riffle at officers.
Riffle is a smart idea.
So a few Pinterest-a-like features of Riffle .
Currently, the bulk of Riffle 's beta testers are book bloggers.
My name is Michelle Riffle , and I am in the eleventh grade at Ravenswood High School.
My sister Teresa Riffle is in the seventh grade at Ravenswood Middle School.
Mary Jean "Jeanie" Riffle , 81, of Mt Sterling, passed away Wednesday, Oct 9, 2012.
UP THE CONCRETE STAIRS and through the quiet front door is Riffle NW.
Riffle , 87, of North Lima, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, at St Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman following a long illness.
SW Corner Fence Line" - oil painting AND "Riffles, First Light" - oil painting.
Their data showed that the automated shuffler randomized the deck about as well as three riffle shuffles , well short of the seven riffle shuffles needed to get proper mixing.
Fishing opportunity in riffled water Fish: Trout Flypattern(s): Dry flies and nymphs.
Fishing opportunity in riffled water.
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