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

  • n. The process or operation of cutting spiral grooves in a rifle barrel.
  • n. Grooves cut in a rifle barrel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel.
  • n. The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon. Shunt rifling, rifling for cannon, in which one side of the groove is made deeper than the other, to facilitate loading with shot having projections which enter by the deeper part of the grooves.
  • v. Present participle of rifle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel.
  • n. The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of plundering or pillaging.
  • n. plural The waste from sorting bristles.
  • n. The operation of cutting spiral grooves in the bore of a gun.
  • n. A system or method of spiral grooving in the bore of a rifle.

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

  • n. the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm

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