- 1Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust: he recoiled in horrorMore example sentences
- For some completely unknown reason I hadn't pulled away, or recoiled in disgust and horror.
- He dropped it suddenly and recoiled with disgust.
- She pulled away, recoiling suddenly as if she'd been stabbed with a cattle prod.
- 1.1Feel fear, horror, or disgust at the thought of something: Ronni felt herself recoil at the very thoughtMore example sentences
- Refreshingly, she recoils at the idea of that mirage known as ‘quality time’.
- The theory is that Fraser recoiled from the idea of blaming a widely revered figure, and fellow Westminster alumni, especially one who cannot now defend himself.
- Some editors have recoiled from the idea, finding it a bit unseemly.
- 2Rebound or spring back through force of impact or elasticity: the muscle has the ability to recoilMore example sentences
- The principle stress-bearing elements of the lung, which account for its tendency to recoil, are elastin and collagen fiber networks and surface tension.
- Hence, although we fix the vessel under distension, once the load is removed, the elastin will recoil and consequently have a tortuous geometry.
- This is due to elastic tendons that stretch and recoil, enabling the animals to ‘bounce’ along the ground like a pogo stick.
- 2.1(Of a gun) move abruptly backwards as a reaction on firing a bullet, shell, or other missile: the rifle recoiledMore example sentences
- One shot bellowed out, and his gun recoiled, jumping backwards from the force of the bullet ripping from its nozzle.
- The front trigger is articulated to move forward a little when the gun recoils and then you move your finger forward for the right modified barrel.
- The rifle recoiled as it fired, and the shell exploded about a foot short of the missile.
- 2.2 (recoil on/upon) (Of an action) have an adverse reactive effect on (the originator): if man upsets his planetary ecosystem it will automatically recoil upon himMore example sentences
- Stepping forward, threateningly close, he declared: ‘We tell you plainly that what you have said will recoil upon your head.’
- All suffering recoils on the wrongdoer himself.
- If I hate my neighbor, the hatred will recoil upon me.
Pronunciation: /also ˈriːkɔɪl /[mass noun] Back to top
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- All they need to do is work on a recoilless version and it's a goer.
- The cheap, portable, recoilless Soviet-designed rocket launcher has long been a favorite of guerrilla armies everywhere, because it evens up the odds against more heavily armed and armored enemies.
- In addition to the rockets, police collected more then 400 mortar rounds, more than 200 recoilless rifle rounds, 150 machine gun rounds, 75 rocket-propelled grenades and four anti-tank mines.
Middle English (denoting the act of retreating): from Old French reculer 'move back', based on Latin culus 'buttocks'.