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ricochet

[rik-uh-shey, rik-uh-shey or, esp. British, rik-uh-shet] /ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ or, esp. British, ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt/
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] /ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪd, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪd/ (Show IPA),
ricocheting
[rik-uh-shey-ing, rik-uh-shey-ing] /ˌrɪk əˈʃeɪ ɪŋ, ˈrɪk əˌʃeɪ ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
or (especially British) ricochetted
[rik-uh-shet-id] /ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt ɪd/ (Show IPA),
ricochetting
[rik-uh-shet-ing] /ˈrɪk əˌʃɛt ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
2.
to move in this way, as a projectile.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French; origin uncertain
Synonyms
2. rebound, deflect, glance.
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Examples from the web for ricocheted
  • While bullets ricocheted around them, a gunner improvised a second tourniquet using a crowbar and field dressing.
  • The x-rays then ricocheted inside the cylinder and struck the fuel pellet from all sides.
  • Some of the solution ricocheted back into his mouth, flooding his lips and tongue with a metallic taste.
  • Anger and fear and a demand for revenge ricocheted up and down the frontier.
  • They recoiled and ricocheted their way from one end of the floor to the other.
  • The resulting photons ricocheted around, unable to escape the dense environment.
  • Flames burst from the car as it ricocheted from the wall, spun around and glanced off another racecar.
  • One round traveled through the animal, ricocheted off of some concrete, and struck an officer in the hand.
  • The bullet ricocheted on the water and luckily missed its target.
  • It was possible that a bullet could have ricocheted off the sidewalk or the fence post and go toward the house.
British Dictionary definitions for ricocheted

ricochet

/ˈrɪkəˌʃeɪ; ˈrɪkəˌʃɛt/
verb -chets, -cheting (-ˌʃeɪɪŋ), -cheted (-ˌʃeɪd), -chets, -chetting (-ˌʃɛtɪŋ), -chetted (-ˌʃɛtɪd)
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a bullet) to rebound from a surface or surfaces, usually with a characteristic whining or zipping sound
noun
2.
the motion or sound of a rebounding object, esp a bullet
3.
an object, esp a bullet, that ricochets
Word Origin
C18: from French, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for ricocheted

ricochet

v.

1758, originally in a military sense, from French ricochet (n.) "the skipping of a shot, or of a flat stone on water" (see ricochet (n.). Related: Ricochetted; ricochetting.

n.

1769, from ricochet (v.) or French ricochet "the skipping of a shot or of a flat stone on water," but in earliest French use (15c.) "verbal to-and-fro," and only in the 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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