Dictionary Results for recoil

1. recoil - noun

· the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

Synonym(s): kick

Hypernym(s): movement, motion

2. recoil - noun

· a movement back from an impact

Synonym(s): repercussion, rebound, backlash

Hypernym(s): movement, motion

3. recoil - verb

· draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

Synonym(s): flinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, quail

Hypernym(s): move

4. recoil - verb

· come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"; "the political movie backlashed on the Democrats"

Synonym(s): backfire, backlash

Hypernym(s): happen, hap, go_on, pass_off, occur, pass, fall_out, come_about, take_place

5. recoil - verb

· spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

Synonym(s): bounce, resile, take_a_hop, spring, bound, rebound, reverberate, ricochet

Hypernym(s): jump, leap, bound, spring

6. recoil - verb

· spring back, as from a forceful thrust; "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"

Synonym(s): kick_back, kick

Hypernym(s): bounce, resile, take_a_hop, spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate, ricochet

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