[rim-fahyuh r]


(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.

Origin of rimfire

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