how to pronounce recoil


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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.

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