- to spring back; rebound; resume the original form or position, as an elastic body.
- to shrink back; recoil.
Origin of resile
Related Words for resileblanch, hesitate, balk, waver, cringe, tremble, blink, shudder, demur, backfire, reel, wince, flinch, bump, rebound, bound, ricochet, jump, leap, hop
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Resile′ment; Resil′ience, Resil′iency, act of springing back or rebounding.
- (intr) to spring or shrink back; recoil or resume original shape
Word Origin for resile
Word Origin and History for resile
1520s, "draw back," from obsolete French resiler "withdraw from an agreement," or directly from Latin resilire "to jump back" (see resilience). Meaning "spring back, start back, recoil" (of material things) from 1708. Related: Resiled; resiling.