Definitions for: Recoil

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Re*coil", v. t.
To draw or go back. [Obs.] --Spenser.

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.

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

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