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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•coil /v. rɪˈkɔɪl; n. ˈriˌkɔɪl, rɪˈkɔɪl/USA pronunciation   v. 
    [no object]
  1. to jump or shrink back suddenly, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
  2. to spring or fly back because of force of impact or because of a shooting of a bullet:The rifle recoiled.

  1. the act or an instance of recoiling: [uncountable]very little recoil with this gun.[countable]a small recoil.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

recoil vb /rɪˈkɔɪl/(intransitive)
  1. to jerk back, as from an impact or violent thrust
  2. (often followed by from) to draw back in fear, horror, or disgust
  3. followed by on or upon: to go wrong, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator
  4. (of a nucleus, atom, molecule, or elementary particle) to change momentum as a result of the emission of a photon or particle
n /rɪˈkɔɪl; ˈriːkɔɪl/
  1. the backward movement of a gun when fired
  2. the distance moved
  3. the motion acquired by a particle as a result of its emission of a photon or other particle
  4. the act of recoiling
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French reculer, from re- + cul rump, from Latin cūlus

reˈcoiler n

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