What does the word ricochet mean?

Usage examples for ricochet

  1. Did she suspect that some sullen undercurrent of intense feeling drove these eddying foam bells of flattery into the stream of conversation; or was her reply merely a chance ricochet shot, more accurately effective than direct fire? – At the Mercy of Tiberius by August Evans Wilson
  2. He has to find his range, and will quite likely lead off with a miss or a ricochet, as Mr. Hardy led off with Desperate Remedies before finding the target with Under the Greenwood Tree. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. As he turned to check the whipstaff, Hawksworth heard a high- pitched ricochet off the steering house and sensed a sudden dry numbness in his thigh. – The Moghul by Thomas Hoover