how to pronounce recoil


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recoil is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of recoil in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… bounces off and the recoil the the …”

meanings of recoil


  1. A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking.
  2. An escapement in which, after each beat, the scape-wheel recoils slightly.
  3. The energy transmitted back to the shooter from a firearm which has fired. Recoil is a function of the weight of the weapon, the weight of the projectile, and the speed at which it leaves the muzzle.
  4. The state or condition of having recoiled.


  1. To quickly push back when fired.
  2. To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment.
  3. To retire, withdraw.
  4. To retreat before an opponent.

recoil frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word recoil occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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