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Meaning of RECOIL

Pronunciation:  [n]'reekoyl, [v]ri'koyl, ree'koyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a movement back from an impact
  2. [n]  the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  3. [v]  spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"
  4. [v]  spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
  5. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

RECOIL is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: backlash, bounce, bound, cringe, flinch, funk, kick, kick, kick back, quail, rebound, rebound, repercussion, resile, reverberate, ricochet, shrink, spring, squinch, take a hop, wince
 See Also: bounce, bounce, bouncing, bound, bound off, carom, carom, glance, jump, kick, kick back, leap, motion, move, movement, rebound, recoil, recoil, resile, resilience, resiliency, retract, reverberate, ricochet, ricochet, shrink back, skip, spring, take a hop



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*coil"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Recoiled}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Recoiling}.] [OE. recoilen, F. reculer, fr. L. pref. re-
    re- + culus the fundament. The English word was perhaps
    influenced in form by accoil.]
    1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a
       reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to
             Evil on itself shall back recoil.     --Milton.
             The solemnity of her demeanor made it impossible . .
             . that we should recoil into our ordinary spirits.
                                                   --De Quincey.
    2. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing,
       alarming, or the like; to shrink. --Shak.
    3. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire.
       [Obs.] ``To your bowers recoil.'' --Spenser.
  2. \Re*coil"\, v. t.
    To draw or go back. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \Re*coil"\, n.
    1. A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking; as,
       the recoil of nature, or of the blood.
    2. The state or condition of having recoiled.
             The recoil from formalism is skepticism. --F. W.
    3. Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when
    {Recoil dynamometer} (Gunnery), an instrument for measuring
       the force of the recoil of a firearm.
    {Recoil escapement} See the Note under {Escapement}.