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Definition of "recoil" []

  • To spring back, as upon firing. (verb-intransitive)
  • To shrink back, as in fear or repugnance. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fall back; return: "Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent” ( Arthur Conan Doyle). (verb-intransitive)
  • The backward action of a firearm upon firing. (noun)
  • The act or state of recoiling; reaction. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recoil" in a sentence
  • "I own one and yes the recoil is alittle bit rough, but overall I like the gun."
  • "I have been told that, using light loads, the recoil is as light as a 20 ga? dickgun"
  • "Much of the recoil is absorbed by the rifles 'weight."