ricochet

[rik-uh-shey, rik-uh-shey or, esp. British, rik-uh-shet]
noun
1.
the motion of an object or a projectile in rebounding or deflecting one or more times from the surface over which it is passing or against which it hits a glancing blow.
verb (used without object), ricocheted [rik-uh-sheyd, rik-uh-sheyd] , ricocheting [rik-uh-shey-ing, rik-uh-shey-ing] or (especially British) ricochetted [rik-uh-shet-id] , ricochetting [rik-uh-shet-ing] .
2.
to move in this way, as a projectile.

Origin:
1760–70; < French; origin uncertain


2. rebound, deflect, glance.
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ricochet (ˈrɪkəˌʃeɪ, ˈrɪkəˌʃɛt)
 
vb , -chets, -cheting, -cheted, -chets, -chetting, -chetted
1.  (intr) (esp of a bullet) to rebound from a surface or surfaces, usually with a characteristic whining or zipping sound
 
n
2.  the motion or sound of a rebounding object, esp a bullet
3.  an object, esp a bullet, that ricochets
 
[C18: from French, of unknown origin]

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ricochet
1758, originally in a military sense, from Fr. ricochet (n.) "the skipping of a shot, or of a flat stone on water," in earliest use only in phrase fable du ricochet, an entertainment in which the teller of a tale skillfully evades questions, and chanson du ricochet, a kind of repetitious song; of uncertain
origin. The noun is attested from 1769.
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Example sentences
She expects wearable art to ricochet around the world.
Errors that creep into those signals as they ricochet around the nervous system are called noise.
The four characters tell stories of contradiction that ricochet off one another.
The awards themselves ricochet from the inspired to the insane, with no regard for office betting pools.
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