verb (used without object), ric·o·cheted [rik-uh-sheyd, rik-uh-sheyd] /ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪd, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪd/, ric·o·chet·ing [rik-uh-shey-ing, rik-uh-shey-ing] /ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ ɪŋ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ ɪŋ/ or (especially British) ric·o·chet·ted [rik-uh-shet-id] /ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt ɪd/, ric·o·chet·ting [rik-uh-shet-ing] /ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt ɪŋ/.
Origin of ricochet
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|DAILY BEAST
At the same time, there are those who ricochet between denial and rationalization.
Yes: might put in a small charge, and skip the ball, ricochet it along the water.Left on Labrador|Charles Asbury Stephens
These wounds are the result of ricochet firing, a kind of practice which enables a shot to drop in the most unexpected places.Curiosities of Civilization|Andrew Wynter
The hissing rush of projectiles, as they struck the water and exploded by impact, or shrieked in ricochet overhead.Where Strongest Tide Winds Blew|Robert McReynolds
Balls cannot ricochet; and shells often sink into the mud, and thus are either extinguished or explode with but little effect.
Nothing could ruffle Tacony, or produce one false step: he flew round the course, every stride like the ricochet of a 32lb.Lands of the Slave and the Free|Henry A. Murray
verb -chets, -cheting (-ˌʃeɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ˌʃeɪd), -chets, -chetting (-ˌʃɛtɪŋ) or -chetted (-ˌʃɛtɪd)
Word Origin 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.