- to coil again.
Origin of re-coil
- to draw back; start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
- to spring or fly back, as in consequence of force of impact or the force of the discharge, as a firearm.
- to spring or come back; react (usually followed by on or upon): Plots frequently recoil upon the plotters.
- Physics. (of an atom, a nucleus, or a particle) to undergo a change in momentum as a result either of a collision with an atom, a nucleus, or a particle or of the emission of a particle.
- an act of recoiling.
- the distance through which a weapon moves backward after discharging.
Origin of recoil
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Examples from the Web for recoiling
And, in the face of this debacle, young people are recoiling.Occupy Oakland’s Violent Turn Proves the Movement Has Lost Its Way
January 30, 2012
Teresa (recoiling with the expression appropriate to the passion).The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"Leave my daughter's name out of this," cried Manthis, recoiling.The End of Time
I said, letting go my grip on his shoulders, and recoiling a pace from him.The Romance of Golden Star ...
George Chetwynd Griffith
He smoked with lips protruding, spitting every moment, recoiling at every puff.Madame Bovary
He let go of her then, and recoiling against the divan, sat down.Beyond
- to jerk back, as from an impact or violent thrust
- (often foll by from) to draw back in fear, horror, or disgustto recoil from the sight of blood
- (foll by on or upon) to go wrong, esp so as to hurt the perpetrator
- (of a nucleus, atom, molecule, or elementary particle) to change momentum as a result of the emission of a photon or particle
- the backward movement of a gun when fired
- the distance moved
- the motion acquired by a particle as a result of its emission of a photon or other particle
- the act of recoiling
Word Origin and History for recoiling
c.1300, "retreat," from Old French recul "recoil, backward movement, retreat," from reculer (see recoil (v.)). Meaning "back-kick of a firearm" is from 1570s.
early 13c. (transitive) "force back, drive back," from Old French reculer "to go back, give way, recede, retreat" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *reculare, from Latin re- "back" (see re-) + culus "backside, bottom, fundament." Meaning "shrink back, retreat" is first recorded c.1300; and that of "spring back" (as a gun) in 1520s. Related: Recoiled; recoiling.