Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To rebound at least once from a surface.
  • noun The act or an instance of ricocheting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The motion of an object which rebounds from a flat surface over which it is passing, as in the case of a stone thrown along the surface of water.
  • To bound by touching the earth or the surface of water and glancing off, as a cannon-ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rebound or skipping, as of a ball along the ground when a gun is fired at a low angle of elevation, or of a fiat stone thrown along the surface of water.
  • noun (Mil.) the firing of guns or howitzers, usually with small charges, at an elevation of only a few degrees, so as to cause the balls or shells to bound or skip along the ground.
  • intransitive verb To skip with a rebound or rebounds, as a flat stone on the surface of water, or a cannon ball on the ground. See ricochet, n.
  • transitive verb rare To operate upon by ricochet firing. See ricochet, n.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun military A method of firing a projectile so that it skips along a surface.
  • noun An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound.
  • verb To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb spring back; spring away from an impact
  • noun a glancing rebound

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, give-and-take.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French ricochet.

Examples

  • One cannot help jumping when death, in the form of a piece of flying lead, hits the rail beside him, or the mast over his head, or whines away in a ricochet from the steel shrouds.

    CHAPTER XLVII

  • For a dozen heartbeats Ferrol stared at the display, listening to the word ricochet around his brain.

    Warhorse

  • One cannot help jumping when death, in the form of a piece of flying lead, hits the rail beside him, or the mast over his head, or whines away in a ricochet from the steel shrouds.

    Chapter 47

  • I was still hearing Acer's name ricochet around the inside of my head.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • Q: Earlier this year you said you'd prefer the secondary be referred to as ricochet rather than toast.

    Inside the Panthers

  • I just didn't understand that the ricochet is the second part you can't hide what you intend, it glows in the dark once you start the path of revenge there's no way to stop the more I try to hurt you the more it hurts me strange, it seems like a character mutation though I have all the means of bringing you fuckers down

    Killing the Buddha

  • I just didn't understand that the ricochet is the second part you can't hide what you intend, it glows in the dark once you start the path of revenge there's no way to stop the more I try to hurt you the more it hurts me strange, it seems like a character mutation though I have all the means of bringing you fuckers down

    Killing the Buddha

  • I just didn't understand that the ricochet is the second part you can't hide what you intend, it glows in the dark once you start the path of revenge there's no way to stop the more I try to hurt you the more it hurts me strange, it seems like a character mutation though I have all the means of bringing you fuckers down

    Killing the Buddha

  • The angle of fire produces only a rare ricochet which is caught by the aforementioned dirt hill.

    A Valentine for Gun Nuts

  • The senator says he'll now "ricochet" among South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, starting with a Southern swing next week.

    McCain's New Hampshire Glimmer

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