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Definition of Recoil


  1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return.
  2. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing, alarming, or the like; to shrink.
  3. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire.
  4. To draw or go back.
  5. A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking; as, the recoil of nature, or of the blood.
  6. The state or condition of having recoiled.
  7. Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when discharged.

Recoil Quotations

One cannot violate the promptings of one's nature without having that nature recoil upon itself.
Jack London

On the day when two army corps may mutually annihilate each other in a second, probably all civilized nations will recoil with horror and disband their troops.
Alfred Nobel

Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.
Arthur Conan Doyle

Life presents itself in constantly changing ways, but you're able to accept the challenges, rather than recoil, throw up your hands, and go on a binge.
Carnie Wilson

There is a danger for Britain as we perceive ourselves, or as we are - less wealthy, facing economic austerity - that we essentially draw back. I think there is a recoil in parts of the country, and in parts of the government actually, from the multilateral system, and I think that's dangerous and wrong.
David Miliband
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Recoil Translations

recoil in French is recul, rebondissement
recoil in Spanish is rechazo
recoil in Swedish is rekyl, rygga tillbaka
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