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

  1. having little or no recoil: a recoilless rifle.

Origin of recoilless

First recorded in 1945–50; recoil + -less

Words Nearby recoilless Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use recoilless in a sentence

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

    The Velvet Glove | Harry Harrison
  • The heavy thud of a recoilless .75 came from the room behind him and a foot-long section of metal window frame leaped outward.

    The Velvet Glove | Harry Harrison
  • Homer said, "Tell Bey to bring along an extra 9mm recoilless for me."

    Border, Breed Nor Birth | Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • They were practically recoilless, but the burst drifted him forward against the cradle harness.

    Slingshot | Irving W. Lande
  • Auto-weapons and small arms and light cannon banged, and bombs and recoilless-rifle shells crashed, on the lower terraces.

    Space Viking | Henry Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for recoilless


/ (rɪˈkɔɪllɪs) /

  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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