- to give, feel, etc., in return.
- to give and receive reciprocally; interchange: to reciprocate favors.
- to cause to move alternately backward and forward.
- to make a return, as for something given.
- to make interchange.
- to be correspondent.
- to move alternately backward and forward.
Origin of reciprocate
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Examples from the Web for reciprocating
And the steam engine that powered the reciprocating motion of the sphere was located in a separate room from the patient.'Hysteria' and the Long, Strange History of the Vibrator
April 27, 2012
Americans, beyond the small group of specialist Sinologists, should consider the value of reciprocating.A Censorship Test for China
July 20, 2009
But her reciprocating mood of cheerfulness was quickly spent.The Coyote
I changed the movement from a reciprocating to a rotary motion.Peter Cooper
Rossiter W. Raymond
The Boche on his part was reciprocating, so that the exchange of shots was mutual.Air Service Boys Flying for Victory
Charles Amory Beach
The first reciprocating engine depended on this to do the actual work.Motors
James Slough Zerbe
The preceding saws were of the straight, reciprocating kind.The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century.
Edward W. Byrn
- to give or feel in return
- to move or cause to move backwards and forwards
- (intr) to be correspondent or equivalent
Word Origin and History for reciprocating
"moving back and forth," 1690s, present participle adjective from reciprocate (v.). Specifically of machines by 1822.