rimfire

[ rim-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈrɪmˌfaɪər /
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adjective

(of a cartridge) having the primer in a rim encircling the base.Compare center-fire(def 1).
(of a firearm) designed for the use of such cartridges.

Nearby words

  1. rime,
  2. rime riche,
  3. rime suffisante,
  4. rimer,
  5. rimester,
  6. rimini,
  7. rimless,
  8. rimmed,
  9. rimmed steel,
  10. rimmer

Origin of rimfire

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; rim + fire

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British Dictionary definitions for rim-fire

rim-fire

adjective

(of a cartridge) having the primer in the rim of the base
(of a firearm) adapted for such cartridges
Compare centre-fire

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