Re·coil v. i. [imp. & p. p. Recoiled p. pr. & vb. n. Recoiling.]
1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return.
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.
3. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire. [Obs.] “To your bowers recoil.”
Re·coil v. t. To draw or go back. [Obs.]
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. Robertson.
3. Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when discharged.
Recoil dynamometer Gunnery, an instrument for measuring the force of the recoil of a firearm.
Recoil escapement. See the Note under Escapement.
n 1: the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired [syn: kick]
2: a movement back from an impact [syn: repercussion, rebound,
v 1: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch, squinch,
funk, cringe, shrink, wince, quail]
2: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball
bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite
after they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop,
spring, bound, rebound, reverberate, ricochet]
3: spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back
into my shoulder" [syn: kick back, kick]