recoilless

[ ri-koil-lis, ree-koil- ]
/ rɪˈkɔɪl lɪs, ˈriˌkɔɪl- /
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adjective

having little or no recoil: a recoilless rifle.

Nearby words

  1. recognizee,
  2. recognizor,
  3. recoil,
  4. recoil escapement,
  5. recoil-operated,
  6. recollect,
  7. recollected,
  8. recollection,
  9. recombinant,
  10. recombinant dna

Origin of recoilless

First recorded in 1945–50; recoil + -less

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British Dictionary definitions for recoilless

recoilless

/ (rɪˈkɔɪllɪs) /

adjective

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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