[ US /ɹiˈkɔɪɫ/ ]
  1. the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  2. a movement back from an impact
  1. spring back; spring away from an impact
    The rubber ball bounced
    These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide
  2. come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
    Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble
    the political movie backlashed on the Democrats
  3. spring back, as from a forceful thrust
    The gun kicked back into my shoulder
  4. draw back, as with fear or pain
    she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf
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How To Use recoil In A Sentence

  • The recoil from the shot blew James onto his back, unconscious once again.
  • The bladelike projections behaved like serpents, attacking and recoiling repeatedly. Reap the Whirlwind
  • There is no shame in favoring the .30 and below calibers because of recoil issues ... or just practical financial reasons. 270WSM....for moose?
  • When the photon hits an object, that object recoils - you can measure this using a thin sheet of foil in a vacuum.
  • The stock is designed with more mass to help reduce recoil.
  • From these three statements they get the military idea of women, children, and God, and the heart of the knitting woman recoils in horror from the cold brutality of it all. In Times Like These
  • She recoils at the idea that she's simply lending her name to these products.
  • But the Republican governors recoiled from the prospect of reopening the welfare bill for anything.
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  • It largely reduces the strength of recoil during shooting, but its greatest usefulness is apparent during bare-hand fighting.
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