rifling

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[ rahy-fling ]
/ ˈraɪ flɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of cutting spiral grooves in a gun barrel, pipe, etc.
the system of spiral grooves so cut.

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Origin of rifling

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First recorded in 1790–1800; rifle1 + -ing1

Definition for rifling (2 of 2)

rifling2
[ rahy-fling ]
/ ˈraɪ flɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of ransacking or robbing.

Origin of rifling

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British Dictionary definitions for rifling

rifling
/ (ˈraɪflɪŋ) /

noun

the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of a firearm's barrel
the series of grooves so cut
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