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  Definition of recoil
  1. a movement back from an impact
  2. the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  3. spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"
  4. spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
  5. draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
Similar Words: repercussion, rebound, backlash, kick, kick back, bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, reverberate, ricochet, flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, quail

 

Hyponyms: bounce, bouncing, resilience, resiliency, ricochet, carom, kick back, kick, skip, bound off, glance, shrink back, retract

 

Derivational Morphology: bounce, resile, take a hop, spring, bound, rebound, reverberate, ricochet, kick back, kick, carom, repercussion, backlash, leap, leaping, saltation, resilience, resiliency, bouncing, bounciness, wince, flinch

 

 
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