- 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 riffling
One must be careful in riffling through history to draw insights for policy-making going forward: the lessons don't always apply.Absent American Pressure
September 17, 2012
He had pulled a deck of cards from his hip pocket, and now was riffling them with pointed interest.Bred of the Desert
It consists of riffling between the selected cards the proper number of indifferent ones.Sharps and Flats
John Nevil Maskelyne
You could save a lot of time by taking carbon copies, suggested The Phantom, riffling the sheets lying beside the machine.The Gray Phantom
- (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 riffling
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.