[ rik-uh-shey, rik-uh-shey or, especially British, rik-uh-shet ]
/ 藢r瑟k 蓹藞蕛e瑟, 藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛e瑟 or, especially British, 藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛蓻t /
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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.
verb (used without object), ric路o路cheted [rik-uh-sheyd, rik-uh-sheyd], /藢r瑟k 蓹藞蕛e瑟d, 藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛e瑟d/, ric路o路chet路ing [rik-uh-shey-ing, rik-uh-shey-ing] /藢r瑟k 蓹藞蕛e瑟 瑟艐, 藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛e瑟 瑟艐/ or (especially British) ric路o路chet路ted [rik-uh-shet-id], /藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛蓻t 瑟d/, ric路o路chet路ting [rik-uh-shet-ing]. /藞r瑟k 蓹藢蕛蓻t 瑟艐/.
to move in this way, as a projectile.
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Origin of ricochet

1760鈥70; <French; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for ricochet

/ (藞r瑟k蓹藢蕛e瑟, 藞r瑟k蓹藢蕛蓻t) /

verb -chets, -cheting (-藢蕛e瑟瑟艐), -cheted (-藢蕛e瑟d), -chets, -chetting (-藢蕛蓻t瑟艐) or -chetted (-藢蕛蓻t瑟d)
(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 for ricochet

C18: from French, of unknown origin
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