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 for rifling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rifle \Ri"fle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Rifled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Rifling.] [F. rifler to rifle, sweep away; of uncertain
     origin. CF. Raff.]
     1. To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry
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              Till time shall rifle every youthful grace. --Pope.
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     2. To strip; to rob; to pillage. --Piers Plowman.
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              Stand, sir, and throw us that you have about ye:
              If not, we'll make you sit and rifle you. --Shak.
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     3. To raffle. [Obs.] --J. Webster.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rifling \Ri"fling\, n.
     (a) The act or process of making the grooves in a rifled
         cannon or gun barrel.
     (b) The system of grooves in a rifled gun barrel or cannon.
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     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.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel
           of a firearm [syn: grooving, rifling]

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