Definitions for recoil

Definitions for (noun) recoil

Main entry: recoil, repercussion, rebound, backlash

Definition: a movement back from an impact

Main entry: recoil, kick

Definition: the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

Definitions for (verb) recoil

Main entry: recoil, kick, kick back

Definition: spring back, as from a forceful thrust

Usage: The gun kicked back into my shoulder

Main entry: spring, bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, take a hop

Definition: spring back; spring away from an impact

Usage: The rubber ball bounced; These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide

Main entry: cringe, wince, squinch, shrink, flinch, funk, quail, recoil

Definition: draw back, as with fear or pain

Usage: she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

Main entry: backlash, backfire, recoil

Definition: come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

Usage: Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble

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