ricochet

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French ricochet.

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Noun[edit]

ricochet (plural ricochets)

  1. (military) A method of firing a projectile so that it skips along a surface.
  2. An instance of ricocheting; a glancing rebound.

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Verb[edit]

ricochet (third-person singular simple present ricochets, present participle ricocheting or ricochetting, simple past and past participle ricocheted or ricochetted)

  1. To rebound off something wildly in a seemingly random direction.
  2. (military) To operate upon by ricochet firing.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain.

  • The word first appears in the phrases chanson du/de riochet, fable du ricochet. This is apparently related to other story-titles such as the fable du rouge kokelet; other dialectal terms such as ripoton (duckling) and Norman recoquet (chick) has led to theories that the word originally indicated a "young cock". The sense-development is unclear.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ricochet m (plural ricochets)

  1. rebound; ricochet

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