- to turn hastily; flutter and shift: to riffle a stack of letters; to riffle through a book.
- Cards. to shuffle by dividing the deck in two, raising the corners slightly, and allowing them to fall alternately together.
- to cause or become a riffle.
- a rapid, as in a stream.
- a ripple, as upon the surface of water.
- Mining. the lining of transverse bars or slats on the bed of a sluice, arranged so as to catch heavy minerals, as gold or platinum.
- a hopper for distributing bulk material.
- the act or method of riffling cards.
Origin of riffle
Examples from the Web for riffle
Then I saw a fire over here, and just managed to make the riffle.Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes
"I'll back my boys to make the riffle," confidently asserted Roque.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany
At the bottom of each ledge is a riffle to arrest the particles of gold.Getting Gold
J. C. F. Johnson
In the third riffle, seven cards have to be held up, and in the fourth, ten.Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne
Riffle—A groove or strip to catch gold and mercury in a sluice.The A B C of Mining
Charles A. Bramble
- (when intr , often foll by through) to flick rapidly through (the pages of a book, magazine, etc), esp in a desultory manner
- to shuffle (playing cards) by halving the pack and flicking the adjacent corners together
- to make or become a riffle
- US and Canadian
- a rapid in a stream
- a rocky shoal causing a rapid
- a ripple on water
- mining a contrivance on the bottom of a sluice, containing transverse grooves for trapping particles of gold
- the act or an instance of riffling
Word Origin and History for riffle
1754, "to make choppy water," American English, perhaps a variant of ruffle "make rough." The word meaning "shuffle" (cards) is first recorded 1894, probably echoic; hence that of "skim, leaf through quickly" (of papers, etc.) is from 1922. Related: Riffled; riffling.