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re-coil  (rē koil),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i. 
  1. to coil again.
re- + coil1]

re•coil  (v. ri koil;n. rēkoil′, ri koil),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to draw back;
    start or shrink back, as in alarm, horror, or disgust.
  2. to spring or fly back, as in consequence of force of impact or the force of the discharge, as a firearm.
  3. to spring or come back;
    react (usually fol. by on or upon):Plots frequently recoil upon the plotters.
  4. Physics(of an atom, a nucleus, or a particle) to undergo a change in momentum as a result either of a collision with an atom, a nucleus, or a particle or of the emission of a particle.

  1. an act of recoiling.
  2. the distance through which a weapon moves backward after discharging.
re•coiling•ly, adv. 
  • Old French reculer, equivalent. to re- re- + -culer, verb, verbal derivative of cul rump, buttocks; see culet
  • Middle English recoilen, reculen (verb, verbal) 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged withdraw, quail, flinch, falter. See  wince. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rebound.

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