verb (used without object)
- recoil escapement,
Origin of recoil
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of re-coil
Examples from the Web for recoil
“Technically, all guns have recoil,” Steve told me via email.
I noticed when watching Biathlon that the guns seem to have no recoil when fired.
Erupting into spontaneous song and having strangers fully embrace it rather than recoil?The First ‘Glee’ Without Cory Monteith Was Blissfully Joyous|Kevin Fallon|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
If you shove a big government program down their throats they will recoil.
Large numbers of Israelis recoil at such violence, according to polls.Fearing Public Backlash, Israeli Settlers Speak Out Against Their Own|Dan Ephron|June 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To recoil in battle, provided you return again to the attack, passes with them rather for policy than fear.Tacitus on Germany|Tacitus
Any injury to our position must recoil with double force upon so weak and small a minority as they are when left to stand alone.The Englishman in China During the Victorian Era, Vol. I (of 2)|Alexander Michie
The recoil of the spring F has now brought the locking pallet G to catch the tooth B, the escapement-wheel is thus again stopped.Time and Time-Tellers|James W. Benson
The Reformer did not recoil, did not retract; but his judge, he who never ceased exclaiming, Retract!History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
This time I listened and heard nothing—not even the recoil of a bough.The War Trail|Mayne Reid
verb (rɪˈkɔɪl) (intr)
noun (rɪˈkɔɪl, ˈriːkɔɪl)
- the backward movement of a gun when fired
- the distance moved
Word Origin for recoil
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.
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.