Meaning of RECOIL in English

v. & n.


1. suddenly move or spring back in fear, horror, or disgust.

2 shrink mentally in this way.

3 rebound after an impact.

4 (foll. by on, upon) have an adverse reactive effect on (the originator).

5 (of a gun) be driven backwards by its discharge.

6 retreat under an enemy's attack.

7 Physics (of an atom etc.) move backwards by the conservation of momentum on emission of a particle.

--n. also 1 the act or an instance of recoiling.

2 the sensation of recoiling.

Etymology: ME f. OF reculer (as RE-, L culus buttocks)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.