• "Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands."
    "Charlie grasped his rifle in both hands."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rifled of a firearm; having rifling or internal spiral grooves inside the barrel
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Krag-Jorgenson magazine rifle Krag-Jorgenson magazine rifle
Mauser rifle with clip Mauser rifle with clip
Rifle-calibre Maxim Gun Rifle-calibre Maxim Gun
Man with rifles Man with rifles


  • Booker T. Washington
    “We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.”


In literature:

You have no rifles; you can't go into the woods without rifles.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Sergeant Knox obtained a commission in the Rifle Brigade for his courage and coolness on this occasion.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Rube crouched behind Garey, rifle in hand, and the rangers were also ready, in case both the lazoes and Rube's rifle should miss.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The next day her father brought her the rifle from Sleepy Cat.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
But they knew our strength, and kept at a wary distance from our long rifles.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I raised my rifle to my shoulder.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Before their unerring rifles, game was rapidly disappearing.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
I shan't be in a hurry to fire two barrels of a rifle together again.
"Dead Man's Land" by George Manville Fenn
You have no rifles; you can't go into the woods without rifles.
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
Suddenly, with startling abruptness, a rifle-shot broke the silence with its shuddering echoes.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon

In poetry:

But the men who stand to their rifles
See all the dead on the plain
Rise at the hour of midnight
To fight their battles again.
"A Vision" by Patrick MacGill
I saw a whistling soldier, still and wan,
Firing his rifle from a fearful place,-
But all the time a dying man
Looked long upon his face.
"Sights" by Leon Gellert
Why will my heart so wildly beat?
Say, Seraphs, is my lot too blest,
That thus a fitful, feverish heat,
Must rifle me of health and rest?
"Lines" by Maria Gowen Brooks
We did very well in the front line,
But we did better still at the back —
And I did a mile a minute
When the rifles began to " crack "!
"The Bugle Calls? (Rat-a-tat! Plonk! Plonk!)" by T W Connor
That night a fierce and haggard man
From Leawood Hall was seen to run;—
But ere the fearful race began
The rifle's deadly work was done.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones
Then they saw where, heartward glancing,
Deep the cruel rifle smote;
While death's gurgling march advancing
Sounded up his gasping throat.
"Leawood Hall" by Ernest Jones

In news:

The Winchester Model 64 Lever Action rifle is the most recent addition to a collection of presidential guns at the center's firearms museum.
Nacogdoches, TX — Nacogdoches authorities are searching for a man who allegedly pulled a rifle on a jogger in a local park Monday morning.
Rifle elk season opened Saturday in Colorado.
Cowdrey Lake, Green Mountain Reservoir, Rifle Gap Reservoir, Ruedi Reservoir, Williams Fork Reservoir, Wolford Mountain Reservoir.
Woman wakes up to rifle-toting burglar.
Bullets with the power of ten 30-6 rifles in one.
Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any enemy that falls in my hands.
Theodore Roosevelt's Favorite Dakota Rifle.
The artists' "Valley Curtain," north of Rifle, in 1972.
Cincinnati Art Museum's Rifle Firing Set for Monday.
Rifle's city parks are a lot more eye pleasing, thanks to city parks department worker Janet Bertram.
A student boarding a school bus bound for Red Lake Elementary School Friday morning was found to be in possession of an unloaded rifle.
No member of the National Rifle Association would wish to live in the state of lawlessness that Mr Kristof describes in parts of Yemen.
Peninsula Long Rifle Association held its 37th Sequim Summer Rendezvous from July 22-25 off Taylor-Cutoff Road.
Today they are modern rifles like the increasingly popular AR-15.

In science:

There have been many published articles in hunting magazines about the results of testing rifle and muzzleloader bullets in deer.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The Triton Quik-Shok load can work as well as many rifle loads for broadside placement, because it transfers energy much more completely than many rifle loads.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
Figure 2: Two .308 caliber rifle bullets (150 grain on left, 110 grain on right) shown with a cotton cleaning patch used to assure snug fit between the .308” outer bullet diameter and the .357” inner diameter of the orange plastic sabot.
A method for testing bullets at reduced velocity