To seize and bear away by force; to snatch away; to carry off.
- A firearm with a rifled bore, designed to be fired from the shoulder.
- An artillery piece or naval gun with such spiral grooves.
- Troops armed with rifles.
- To cut spiral grooves within (a gun barrel, for example).
- To search with intent to steal.
- To ransack or plunder; pillage.
- To rob: rifle a safe.
- To search vigorously: rifling through my drawers to find matching socks.