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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 re·coil /rɪˈkɔɪ(ə)l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·coil v. t. To draw or go back. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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. 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]