Recoil

Definition of Recoil

Re`coil´   Pronunciation: rė`koil´
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Recoiled (rė*koild"); 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.
v. t.1.To draw or go back.
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.

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