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    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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