Definition of ricochet in English:

ricochet

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a bullet or other projectile) rebound off a surface:

    ‘a bullet ricocheted off a nearby wall’
    • ‘Course Manager Col. Bavornrat Maitreeprasat said bullets will frequently ricochet off something nearby or on the shooting range and fall on the course.’
    • ‘This time the bullet ricochets off the stone fireplace behind Deuterium Boy and embeds itself in the piano, causing the figurine to topple off and shatter on the ground.’
    • ‘Ben quickly ducked behind a sturdy looking refrigerator - just as the assassin jammed her finger down on the trigger and sent bullets ricocheting all over the kitchen in screeching showers of sparks.’
    • ‘This, of course, was almost as hazardous to the pilot as to the enemy aircraft, with bullets sometimes ricocheting back at the gunner.’
    • ‘Lucas instinctively covered his head as the attack endured, the bullets ricocheting against every surface they struck.’
    • ‘James and Vassilli realized that their position was entirely too exposed when bullets started ricocheting from underneath the truck.’
    • ‘Then bullets started ricocheting off the outside of our building.’
    • ‘The bullet ricocheted off a lower rib and ripped a lung.’
    • ‘Bullets can ricochet off water, rocks, trees, metal, and other hard surfaces.’
    • ‘Bullets ricochet off the armored supply vehicle.’
    • ‘When I refuse to hand over my confidential patient files, he pulls out a pistol and fires multiple shots at my desk, one bullet ricocheting off my nameplate and embedding itself in my beeper.’
    • ‘A third officer, PC James Banks, was also shot at, but escaped injury when a bullet ricocheted off his radio harness.’
    • ‘A third officer, PC James Banks, 26, escaped injury when a bullet ricocheted off his radio belt and the buckle on his baton.’
    • ‘The bullet ricochets off the back of the trapdoor and Gail jerks in terror.’
    • ‘The new mix is wonderfully enveloping with bullets ricocheting and voices echoing around in the cavernous locations when appropriate.’
    • ‘The bullet ricocheted, lightly wounding the man in the leg.’
    • ‘Since bullets can ricochet off the water's surface and pose a risk to nearby civilians, water patrol officers almost never fire warning shots.’
    • ‘The ship's only reported mishap came when a coxswain was hit in the neck (but not badly wounded) by a bullet ricocheting off a modern pentathlete's target.’
    • ‘In the cross fire, a bullet ricocheted off of Torrance's skull, breaking the bone and sending him into shock.’
    • ‘Bullets ricochet off rock surfaces, and broken glass crunches underneath your boots.’
    ricochet, rebound, be deflected
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    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Cause to rebound off a surface:
      ‘they fired off a couple of rounds, ricocheting the bullets against a wall’
      • ‘MEMs use tiny reflective surfaces to redirect light beams to a desired port by either ricocheting the light off neighboring reflective surfaces or steering the light beam directly to a port.’
      • ‘It had actually been so long since I'd had a real shower, that I accidentally ricocheted the bar of soap around the small shower.’
      • ‘The resulting tracks ricocheted their sound in woozy, rubbery, Carl Stalling-esque patterns.’
      • ‘From what Fai could see it looked as if James was trying to ricochet the ball against the wall and into a corner pocket.’
      • ‘The design of these things are to fire out of these things down at the ground, to ricochet them off the ground and to hit people in the legs to cause them to disperse.’
      • ‘These last for about 30 seconds or so, and will ricochet enemy fire right back at their senders.’
      • ‘It was scripted by Johnny Speight when this red-brick apartment block just off the Bayswater Road was a real fun factory and Ray Galton and Alan Simpson also ricocheted one-liners round a rented room.’
      • ‘But Mr Foster suddenly crashed through the door, ricocheting the flyscreen against wall, and wrenching the boy from her arms.’
      • ‘The wizard of Wishaw was not to be denied, however, conjuring a remarkable - and intentional - shot in which he ricocheted one red off another and into the top corner.’
      • ‘I ricochet my eyes between her and Hubba Hubba Boy.’
      • ‘What's more likely to shake your equilibrium is that the room is covered in hard, reflective surfaces that ricochet sound.’
      • ‘It cracked against my skull, ricocheting me into some decrepit shelving holding water damaged pornography, destroying it in a jumble of splinters and dust.’
      • ‘Cal stopped to swallow back the familiar burst of palpitations that ricocheted a steady duh-pa-dum against the straining walls of his over-stretched chest.’
      • ‘Leadoff man Fernando Vina ricocheted a single off first base.’
    2. 1.2 Appear to move with a series of ricochets:
      ‘the sound ricocheted around the hall’
      • ‘Yet, no matter how quiet your voice was, it still echoed around the temple, the sounds ricocheting off the spherical chamber's walls.’
      • ‘A door thudded against the concrete walls and the sound ricocheted down to my ears.’
      • ‘The heat was ricocheting round the Sport Hall and the home crowd was blasting out encouragement to Marino Columbu the Sardinian star wrestler.’
      • ‘In some of the open squares of Cuzco, ricocheting lines seem to lead from box to box, while in others the arrangement of lines is a little sharper, denser and more closed, like an outlined star.’
      • ‘Tibetans were sacrificed by Nehru in 1954 in return for Beijing's hand of friendship, a move that ricocheted in 1962.’
      • ‘Cold water is what keeps the Gulf Stream moving up the Atlantic coast and northeastward after it ricochets off the shoals under Cape Hatteras.’
      • ‘They could hear their cries ricocheting off the trees and appearing to come out of the soil itself, filling their ears with the beautiful song that made the company's spine tingle.’
      • ‘I couldn't hear anything except our screams, which ricocheted off the houses and sounded in my ears.’
      • ‘And tragically for the series, it ricocheted back too far in the other direction and delivered an insanely difficult multi-stage nightmare.’
      • ‘The playstation gunshot sounds were ricochetting off the walls and embedding themselves directly into the noise control centre of my brain.’
      • ‘Changes in light from the time of day and local weather tint the boxes as they dematerialize in ricocheting reflections.’
      • ‘Something appeared to be ricocheting inside the pipe, but what could it be?’
      • ‘Yes, it's a lot of short-wave radio signals, data transmissions, signals ricocheting around in the stratosphere, as well as the sounds of an analog synthesizer.’
      • ‘The theme for Michael Caine's gangster film Get Carter, written at the age of 23, lays ricocheting trains, chilling harpsichord and funky tablas over a swaggering bass line.’
      • ‘The sound ricochets off the walls, and across the wooden floor.’
      • ‘Bouncing her lines off the walls of the theatre whilst we amazedly watch them ricochet, this actress, whose gestures appear to be based on the erotic friezes of Indian temples, is something else.’
      • ‘Both sounds ricochet continuously off the shadowed and soot-covered brick walls.’
      • ‘That was all she had time to say, for in the next moment, a loud sound ricocheted throughout the entire hall and she watched in horror as the roof fell towards her.’

noun

  • 1A shot or hit that rebounds off a surface:

    ‘she was hit by a ricochet in the leg’
    • ‘The use of pea gravel on the range floor collected lead dust and created uncontrollable ricochets, while rounds penetrated the overhead baffles.’
    • ‘The developer also appears to have paid special attention to weapons effects, with pyrotechnical ricochets and brightly flaring muzzle flashes particularly deserving of praise.’
    • ‘The bulk of the audio is operating in the original center channel mix, with only music and the aforementioned ricochets really traveling much.’
    • ‘The Dolphin is a powerful gun, somewhat reminds me of a sniper rifle and makes cool ricochets.’
    • ‘Due to its design concept, the FAP round is intrinsically safe from ricochets as the core breaks up on ground impact.’
    • ‘Gavin, chancing a shot at him, rolls violently out across the street, drawing attention from every gun within a mile, narrowly escaping a few ricochets.’
    • ‘The frangible ammo disintegrates on target, meaning there is no back splash or ricochets to harm the shooter or other bystanders.’
    • ‘Gunfights become remarkably tense, exciting affairs as you take cover in a crossfire of whistling ricochets.’
    • ‘When Vitaly Kutuzov slipped the ball past Craig Gordon after just six minutes, his finish the clinical conclusion to an unfortunate sequence of defensive ricochets, the support that was perhaps Scotland's biggest asset was silenced.’
    • ‘When shooting for practice, make sure your backstop will prevent ricochets and protect bystanders.’
    • ‘This led to a messy sequence and several ricochets later the ball was in Easkey's net for a second time.’
    • ‘Herman screamed over the ricochets and explosions around the base.’
    • ‘They search out hotel rooms least exposed to hostile fire or ricochets.’
    • ‘The .22 Magnum shotgun is quiet enough to avoid annoying the neighbors, and there's no danger of ricochets or damage downrange.’
    • ‘The neighbour who gave me the tickets was an impecunious artist and I was sitting in the cheap seats, just out of range, even from ricochets.’
    • ‘This leaves the in-game soundscape uncluttered for the player to appreciate aural effects like explosions, ricochets, and muzzle reports.’
    • ‘There were almost as many missiles scattered about in front of her from ricochets as there were imbedded in the wall far beyond.’
    • ‘I believe they use ceramic bullets which are designed to fragment on hitting a hard object, preventing ricochets and depressurisation.’
    • ‘The use of the spinning was to dodge the ricochets of Richard's blasts.’
    • ‘You've got the tracers flying all over you, and ricochets whistling all around you wherever you go.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action or movement of a bullet or other projectile when ricocheting:
      ‘the practice of low-level skip bombing relied on ricochet for effect’
      • ‘A day later, on ‘The McLaughlin Group,’ rhetorical ricochet was well underway.’
      • ‘The probability of ricochet decreases as the impact angle increases.’
      • ‘Weapon effects are distinct for each armament, and there's an impressive array of different ricochet sounds, dependant on the surface type you fire at.’
      • ‘The practice of low-level skip bombing, particularly employed in attacks on shipping during WW II, relied upon ricochet for its effect.’
      • ‘They would satisfactorily bust a clay pipe or knock over a duck without the risk of ricochet.’
      • ‘There were times during the opening period when the Ibrox pitch was ricochet central, the ball bouncing off legs, chests and backs as the encounter degenerated into a messy, unstructured affair.’
      • ‘Having admitted the possibility of claims for psychiatric injury by such ricochet victims, the courts faced the problem of determining how wide the scope of liability should be drawn.’
      • ‘No, Galan patiently explained to the jury, it was universally used by police because it was safer to the public in terms of reduced ricochet and over-penetration.’
      • ‘The city would pay for the electricity, and ricochet would provide the pole-tops.’
      • ‘One point of concern is that there are no ricochet effects, which is a little unusual when you consider the less than absorbent nature of the Plaza's interior.’
      • ‘Fights broke out Saturday and Sunday among about 100 Iraqis and drew several shotgun blasts, damaging several cars and a shop and leaving four people with minor ricochet wounds.’
      • ‘While some of the action in the low end has been enhanced, the surround effects consist mostly of the same ricochet noise inserted willy-nilly into the action scenes.’
      • ‘Designed to be highly effective while reducing the danger from over-penetration or ricochet, the projectile is designed to totally fragment into fine particles upon impact.’
      • ‘The reduced over-penetration and reduced ricochet characteristics of these rounds are nothing short of revolutionary.’
      • ‘It breaks up instantly and completely on impact, with no ricochet or lead accumulation.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

ricochet

/ˈrɪkəʃeɪ/