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 ricocheted
It was an idea that ricocheted around liberal blogs and talk radio outlets.
The funny thing is, the shot that Google fired at Facebook seems to have ricocheted and hit the wrong target.
William Styron was writing, James Baldwin was writing essays, and then this book just ricocheted around the country.
The stray bullet passed within three feet of Kennerly and ricocheted off a wall, slightly injuring a bystander.
It is probable that a larger mass of the shrapnel ball, causing the greater damage to the bone, ricocheted out of the wound.
Gwynplaine, if we may coin the expression, ricocheted from one surprise to another.The Man Who Laughs|Victor Hugo
One of the tiny slugs stung through my calf and ricocheted down the passage.Greylorn|John Keith Laumer
His chance shot had ricocheted; whatever story Dan had concocted tied in with Jeff's trip to Ackerton.Trading Jeff and his Dog|James Arthur Kjelgaard
The missile was a fragment of a ricocheted rifle ball, with a part of the lead core carried in a portion of the jacket.
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.