A gun, the inside of whose barrel is grooved with spiral channels, thus giving the ball a rotary motion and insuring greater accuracy of fire. As a military firearm it has superseded the musket.
To grove; to channel; especially, to groove internally with spiral channels; as, to rifle a gun barrel or a cannon.
A firearm with a rifled bore that imparts a twist to the bullet on firing, giving it greater range and accuracy than a musket. Introduced at the end of the 18th century to selected regiments, its use became general in the mid 19th century .