verb (used with or without object), rif·fled, rif·fling.
Examples from the Web for riffle
Riffle strips keep them in position, these latter being laid crosswise on the bottom.The A B C of Mining|Charles A. Bramble
The fifth riffle merely puts two cards above the top selected card, and the shuffle is complete.Sharps and Flats|John Nevil Maskelyne
One individual was taken from a riffle, fin-clipped, and released at the foot of the next riffle downstream.
The way past the worst of the first riffle looked so clear on the right that I did not trouble to pull across to the other side.
Luckily it was only the smoothening tail of the riffle, and the buoyant little canoe rode the rounded rollers without capsizing.
British Dictionary definitions for riffle
- a rapid in a stream
- a rocky shoal causing a rapid
- a ripple on water
Word Origin for riffle
Word Origin and History for riffle
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.