Definition of Rifling

1. Noun. The cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm.

Exact synonyms: Grooving
Generic synonyms: Formation, Shaping
Derivative terms: Groove



Definition of Rifling

1. n. The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel.

Definition of Rifling

1. Noun. The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled cannon or gun barrel. ¹

2. Noun. The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon. Shunt rifling, rifling for cannon, in which one side of the groove is made deeper than the other, to facilitate loading with shot having projections which enter by the deeper part of the grooves. ¹

3. Verb. (present participle of rifle) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rifling

1. the system of grooves in a gun barrel [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rifling

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rifling (current term)
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Literary usage of Rifling

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"For this reason the straight f-rion at the commencement of the rifling has been ... In uniform rifling the curve is a straight line and the rotating ..."

2. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1873)
"Pieces," published in 1747, was the first to point out the real effect of spiral rifling on the flight of projectiles propelled by gunpowder. ..."

3. Ordnance and Gunnery: A Text-book Prepared for the Cadets of the United by Ormond Mitchell Lissak (1907)
"rifling the Bore.—The rifling of the bore is effected in the rifling ... The gun does not rotate in the rifling machine, but the cutting tool is given the ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and by Hugh Chisholm (1911)
"In uniform rifling the curve is a straight line and the rotating pressure is ... The pressure for rotation with uniform rifling therefore rises to a maximum ..."

5. Naval Ordnance: A Text-book Prepared for the Use of the Midshipmen of the by Roland Irvin Curtin, Thomas Lee Johnson, United States Naval Academy (1915)
"rifling of Guns. Advantages of rifling.—The penetration of oblong projectiles, other things ... This is accomplished by rifling, as it is called; that is, ..."

6. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1860)
"Both these rings are dovetailed, so to speak, into the iron shot, so as to leave about one-tenth of an inch to fit the rifling. Thus, when the cartridge is ..."

7. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art. by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Wm Ripley Nichols, Charles R Cross (1867)
"the filling, and its firm, true hold in the grooves of the gun; the greased canvas wipes the rifling clean, and leaves the bore in a condition to receive ..."

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