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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

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

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

  • noun The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel.
  • noun 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.
  • verb Present participle of rifle.

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

  • noun the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm

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