Definition of rifleman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌɪf(ə)lmən/

noun (plural riflemen)

1A soldier armed with a rifle, especially a private in a rifle regiment.
Example sentences
  • Opinions began to alter during the wars of the mid-18th century and military riflemen appeared in most combatant nations' armies, albeit in small numbers.
  • Though the automatic rifle has changed, the role of the automatic rifleman has not since its conception circa World War I. The automatic rifleman supports the infantry squad in the offense and defense.
  • Lately, some have been saying that every soldier is a rifleman.
1.1A person skilled at using a rifle.
Example sentences
  • Shooting far, really far, in the mountains at inanimate targets with safe backstops is challenging and downright fascinating, even to the most practiced rifleman.
  • It's the type of precision rifle you can shoot all day over a prairie dog town or snuggle down solidly in some sandbags and produce those little, bragging groups that warm the heart of any rifleman.
  • Whereas Twain on the warpath was a sharp shooting rifleman and Mencken laid about with the broadsword, Brooks's literary weapon is the tweezers.
2A very small, short-tailed, greenish-yellow songbird which feeds on insects on tree bark, native to New Zealand.
Perhaps so named from a comparison between its plumage and an early military uniform
  • Acanthisitta chloris, family Xenicidae.
Example sentences
  • In this area you may see the brown creeper, tomtit, robin, bellbird, rifleman, wood pigeon, falcon and kea.
  • The bush has abundant bird life, including the bellbird, tomtit, rifleman, wood pigeon and grey warbler.
  • The rifleman (a New Zealand wren, Acanthisitta chloris: fam Acanthisittidae) is a basal passerine.

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