Meaning of RECOIL in English


Pronunciation: ' r ē - ˌ ko ̇ i(- ə )l, ri- ' ko ̇ i(- ə )l

Function: noun

Date: 14th century

1 : the act or action of recoiling especially : the kickback of a gun upon firing

2 : REACTION <the recoil from the rigors of Calvinism ― Edmund Wilson>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.