ricochetting

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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