- the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding or deflecting one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow.
- to move in this way, as a projectile.
Origin of ricochet
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Examples from the Web for ricochet
Overnight, a bar owner was shot in the leg by a ricochet bullet.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 14, 2014
At the same time, there are those who ricochet between denial and rationalization.The Mayor McCrack Show
November 1, 2013
Henceforward I could only learn, as it were, by ricochet what was going on.The Dew of Their Youth
S. R. Crockett
The similarity of this bullet to that seen in the ricochet in fig. 32 was exact.
Effect of ricochet in the production of severe forms of injury.
Perhaps he had mistaken it for the ricochet of a round shot.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
So I tache, as they say at musketry-instruction, by direct and ricochet fire.Soldier Stories
- (intr) (esp of a bullet) to rebound from a surface or surfaces, usually with a characteristic whining or zipping sound
- the motion or sound of a rebounding object, esp a bullet
- an object, esp a bullet, that ricochets
Word Origin and History for ricochet
1758, originally in a military sense, from French ricochet (n.) "the skipping of a shot, or of a flat stone on water" (see ricochet (n.). Related: Ricochetted; ricochetting.
1769, from ricochet (v.) or French ricochet "the skipping of a shot or of a flat stone on water," but in earliest French use (15c.) "verbal to-and-fro," and only in the phrase fable du ricochet, an entertainment in which the teller of a tale skillfully evades questions, and chanson du ricochet, a kind of repetitious song; of uncertain origin.