WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•coil /v. rɪˈkɔɪl; n. ˈriˌkɔɪl, rɪˈkɔɪl/USA pronunciation
the act or an instance of recoiling: [uncountable]very little recoil with this gun.[countable]a small recoil.
- to jump or shrink back suddenly, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
- to spring or fly back because of force of impact or because of a shooting of a bullet:The rifle recoiled.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
recoil vb /rɪˈkɔɪl/(intransitive)
n /rɪˈkɔɪl; ˈriːkɔɪl/
- to jerk back, as from an impact or violent thrust
- (often followed by from) to draw back in fear, horror, or disgust
- followed by on or upon: to go wrong, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator
- (of a nucleus, atom, molecule, or elementary particle) to change momentum as a result of the emission of a photon or particle
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French reculer, from re- + cul rump, from Latin cūlusreˈcoiler n
- the backward movement of a gun when fired
- the distance moved
- the motion acquired by a particle as a result of its emission of a photon or other particle
- the act of recoiling
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