rile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rile make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
    • v rile cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me","It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rile To render turbid or muddy; to stir up; to roil.
    • Rile To stir up in feelings; to make angry; to vex.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rile A dialectal variant of roil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Rile rīl to make angry, to vex—a form of roil.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Roil

Usage

In literature:

I didn't aim to rile yo'.
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
There are wild cattle on the moor too, and they are no end of excitement; they go for you like anything if you rile them.
"Paul the Courageous" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
What you got was enough to rile anybody; it would have set me hunting rocks myself.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Lard, his malicious grin was a thing to rile the gods!
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
The town's riled, and I wouldn't give a plugged cent for Trevison's chances.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
I tell you Mis Hansen see she'd riled a hornet 'fore she got away.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
There ain't no telling what Dakota'd do if he got riled, though.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
This riled me and my men.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
You might have said a pleasant word to her, anyhow, even if you were all riled up with the other.
"A Little Country Girl" by Susan Coolidge
It riles my blood just a bit too much.
"A Woman's Will" by Anne Warner
I'm too sound a Union woman not to feel riled at times when I see the defenders of the Constitution go unrewarded.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
The more he was riled, the more he'd say to himself, 'Of course she's enjoying herself.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
That's just what riles me so!
"The Panchronicon" by Harold Steele Mackaye
And though the Texan could not tell what they said, their laughter "riled" him.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
But that would probably only rile these rebellious bastards all the more.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Rile again, ma'am; or better still, MacTurk.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Stacy riles me so that I want to thrash him.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Alaska" by Frank Gee Patchin
Come, old fellow, you aren't really riled because I sent off those plans without showing them to you?
"The Brass Bottle" by F. Anstey
You've a riling tongue when your back's up, Herrick.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
She don' know nuthin' on it, you unnerstan', an' why mus' you rile 'er up fur?
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
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In poetry:

Policeman calmly smiled,
"Indeed you are mistaken, sir,
You're agitated - riled -
And very badly shaken, sir.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But though at first amused,
Yet after seven years,
This Hebrew child got rather riled,
And melted into tears.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Which it is not my style
To produce needless pain
By statements that rile
Or that go 'gin the grain,
But here's Captain Jack still a-livin', and Nye has no skelp on his
brain!
"Truthful James To The Editor" by Francis Bret Harte
'E's sich a coot for takin' sides, as I sez to Doreen.
Sez she, "'Ow can 'e, by 'imself?" Wotever that may mean.
My wife sez little things sometimes that nearly git me riled.
I knoo she meant more than she said be that soft way she smiled.
"Over the Fence" by C J Dennis
I been t'inkin' 'bout de preachah; whut he said de othah night,
'Bout hit bein' people's dooty, fu' to keep dey faces bright;
How one ought to live so pleasant dat ouah tempah never riles,
Meetin' evahbody roun' us wid ouah very nicest smiles.
"Philosophy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
I tell you that thing riled me! Why, I felt my face turn white,
And my teeth shut like a steel trap, and the fingers of my right
Hand pained me with their pressure--all the rest's a mystery
Till I heard my Annie saying--"I'm going, too, you see."
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

New York Politics Riled by Ethical Scandals.
Amir Khan riled up by opponent Danny Garcia's vocal father/trainer.
This has riled up a lot of folks because everyone else in the country had tired of saying this exact thing about four years ago.
Rain, moderate winds and rough surf from this year's second named storm will rile the Treasure Coast Sunday and Monday, but the worst weather will pass to the north of Brevard County.
Moments that get the viewer all riled up on behalf of the characters.
Three straight losses has Philadelphia football fans riled up and calling for coach's ouster.
Boulder Valley School District's Shadowing Ban Riles Parents.
Eureka Springs residents riled over street name change.
Columbia's Jeffrey Sachs is riled up these days.
Bob Menendez "October Surprise" Riles Conservatives, but Will Anyone Else Notice.
Harris County euthanasia missteps rile animal activists.
Take Thursday night after the Dallas Mavericks throttled the New York Knicks and the coach was asked if calling his team "soft" the night before at New Orleans got his troops a little riled up.
Steelhead action riles up the rivers during favorable weather conditions.
I like to stir up the pot now and then by riling up our elected officials and surprisingly, I've had marginal success in getting their attention.
See Tony Romo harassed , Jerry tense, Witten riled up in Cowboys' 23-20 OT squeaker over Browns.
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In science:

The hardware modificati ons to the original systems, and the new data acquisition software which followed the 1997 flights, are discussed in Ap rile et al.9 . A parallel effort involved extensive modifications of an existing gondola and veto shield systems provided by the University of New Hampshire.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
The author has greatly benefited from discussions with his colleagues, in particular Joe Betzweiser, Chris Messenger and Keith Riles.
On blind searches for noise dominated signals: a loosely coherent approach
From the timing variations observed in the famous Hulse-Taylor binary pulsar system (Hulse & Taylor 1975), one can be confident that gravitational waves are emitted with appreciable magnitude by astrophysical systems, but direct detection of those waves has proven to be an experimental challenge (see Riles 2012).
Searches for continuous gravitational waves with the LIGO and Virgo detector
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