Definition of Ricochet

1. Noun. A glancing rebound.

Exact synonyms: Carom
Generic synonyms: Backlash, Rebound, Recoil, Repercussion
Derivative terms: Carom



2. Verb. Spring back; spring away from an impact. "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
Exact synonyms: Bounce, Bound, Rebound, Recoil, Resile, Reverberate, Spring, Take A Hop
Specialized synonyms: Kick, Kick Back, Recoil, Bound Off, Skip, Carom
Generic synonyms: Bound, Jump, Leap, Spring
Derivative terms: Bounce, Bounce, Bound, Rebound, Recoil, Resiliency, Resilient, Spring

Definition of Ricochet

1. n. A rebound or skipping, as of a ball along the ground when a gun is fired at a low angle of elevation, or of a fiat stone thrown along the surface of water.

2. v. t. To operate upon by ricochet firing. See Ricochet, n.

3. v. i. To skip with a rebound or rebounds, as a flat stone on the surface of water, or a cannon ball on the ground. See Ricochet, n.

Definition of Ricochet

1. Noun. (military) A method of firing a projectile so that it skips along a surface. ¹

2. Noun. An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound. ¹

3. Verb. To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ricochet

1. to rebound from a surface [v -CHETED, -CHETING, -CHETS or -CHETTED, -CHETTING, -CHETS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ricochet

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ricochet (current term)
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Literary usage of Ricochet

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1. Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge by Charles Knight (1841)
"In the modern system of fortification the greatest length of tbe faces of works which are liable to the ricochet is about 100 ..."

2. Hand-book of Artillery for the Service of the United States: (Army & Militia). by Joseph Roberts (1863)
"PAET Y. ricochet. 1. What is understood by ricochet FIRING ? That obtained by firing a piece at very small angles of elevation, by which means the ..."

3. A Military Dictionary: Or, Explaination of the Several Systems of Discipline by William Duane (1810)
"RICOCHER, Fr. To ricochet, to batter »r tire at a place with ricochet shots. ... ricochet firing is not confined to »ny particular charge or elevation; ..."

4. Siege Artillery in the Campaigns Against Richmond: With Notes on the 15-inch by Henry L. Abbot (1867)
"Experimental firing to determine its ricochet trajectory. ... Discussion of the general problem of loss of useful ricochet trajectory, resulting from ..."

5. Violin Playing as I Teach it by Leopold Auer (1921)
"VI THE ricochet-Saltato (REBOUND WITH SPRINGING Bow) For this bowing the bow should be held as lightly as possible, the fingers hardly touching the stick. ..."

6. A New and Enlarged Military Dictionary, Or, Alphabetical Explanation of ...by Charles James by Charles James (1805)
"In the ricochet of ordnance in the field, the objects to be fired ... For ricochet practice, see the different pieces of ordnance, as gun, mortar, ..."

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