rimfire

[ rim-fahyuh r ]
/ ˈrɪmˌfaɪər /

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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