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recoil

recoil

recoil - Dictionary definition and meaning for word recoil

Definition
(noun) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
Synonyms : kick

Definition
(noun) a movement back from an impact
Synonyms : backlash , rebound , repercussion

Definition
(verb) draw back, as with fear or pain
Synonyms : cringe , flinch , funk , quail , shrink , squinch , wince
Example Sentence
  • she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

Definition
(verb) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
Synonyms : backfire , backlash
Example Sentence
  • Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble

Definition
(verb) spring back; spring away from an impact
Example Sentence
  • The rubber ball bounced
  • These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide

Definition
(verb) spring back, as from a forceful thrust
Synonyms : kick , kick back
Example Sentence
  • The gun kicked back into my shoulder

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