- 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 ricocheted
It was an idea that ricocheted around liberal blogs and talk radio outlets.Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
May 6, 2014
The funny thing is, the shot that Google fired at Facebook seems to have ricocheted and hit the wrong target.Google’s New Twitter Killer
July 27, 2011
William Styron was writing, James Baldwin was writing essays, and then this book just ricocheted around the country.To Kill a Mockingbird Turns 50
July 10, 2010
The stray bullet passed within three feet of Kennerly and ricocheted off a wall, slightly injuring a bystander.The Woman Who Tried to Kill Me
May 29, 2009
Gwynplaine, if we may coin the expression, ricocheted from one surprise to another.The Man Who Laughs
It ricocheted three times with a twanging noise and split along the centre.
One of the tiny slugs stung through my calf and ricocheted down the passage.Greylorn
John Keith Laumer
Once, a stray shell burst several hundred yards away and a flying crumb of masonry fell in the nave and ricocheted a moment.The Wasted Generation
He is said to have been killed by the wind of a cannon ball as it ricocheted along the ground.Battle of Fort George
- (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 ricocheted
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.