[ri-koil-lis, ree-koil-]

Origin of recoilless

First recorded in 1945–50; recoil + -less Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for recoilless

Historical Examples of recoilless

  • From the amount of noise I knew they both had recoilless .50's.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • But here, for instance, is a noiseless, recoilless hand gun.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • He shifted his shoulders to loosen the .38 Recoilless in its holster.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • Homer said, "Tell Bey to bring along an extra 9mm Recoilless for me."

    Border, Breed Nor Birth

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • The policeman had his .75 recoilless revolver out and pressed against Jon's side.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for recoilless


  1. denoting a gun, esp an antitank weapon, in which the blast is vented to the rear so as to eliminate or reduce recoil
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