ricochet

[ rik-uh-shey, rik-uh-shey or, esp. British, rik-uh-shet ]
/ ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ or, esp. British, ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt /

noun

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·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/.

to move in this way, as a projectile.

Nearby words

  1. rickrack,
  2. rickshaw,
  3. ricky,
  4. ricky-tick,
  5. rico,
  6. ricoeur,
  7. ricotta,
  8. ricrac,
  9. rics,
  10. rictal bristle

Origin of ricochet

1760–70; < French; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for ricocheted

ricochet

/ (ˈrɪkəˌʃeɪ, ˈrɪkəˌʃɛt) /

verb -chets, -cheting (-ˌʃeɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ˌʃeɪd), -chets, -chetting (-ˌʃɛtɪŋ) or -chetted (-ˌʃɛtɪd)

(intr) (esp of a bullet) to rebound from a surface or surfaces, usually with a characteristic whining or zipping sound

noun

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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