Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
as he leaned towards her, she instinctively recoiled
Especially of a firearm, its mounting, etc.: that does not rebound when discharged. In quot. 1855 as noun: the fact of not rebounding.
The mechanism on a piece of artillery which absorbs the energy of recoil.
A wave resulting from recoil.
A movement or action that results from or constitutes a recoil.
The energy resulting from the recoil of a discharged firearm.
A pallet in the recoil escapement of a clock or watch.
A spring that checks or absorbs recoil, especially in a firearm.
A track in a particle-detecting device or system produced by recoil of a particle.
The momentum of a recoiling gun, atom, particle, etc.
(Of a firearm) having a mechanism which uses the force of the firearm's recoil to reload automatically.
A device for starting a small internal-combustion engine in which a cord, wound round a pulley, is rewound by a spring after being pulled for the starting cycle.
The ejection of a cluster of atoms from the surface of a radioactive sample as a result of their being bonded to an atom that is recoiling following emission of an alpha particle.
A form of escapement in clocks and watches in which the teeth of the crown wheel or balance wheel act on the pallets by recoil.
(Of an action) have an adverse reactive effect on (the originator)