Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
reculer, fr. L. pref.
culusthe fundament. The English word was perhaps influenced in form by
To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return.
Evil on itself shall back
The solemnity of her demeanor made it impossible . . . that we should
recoilinto our ordinary spirits.
To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing, alarming, or the like; to shrink.
To turn or go back; to withdraw one’s self; to retire.
[Obs.]“To your bowers recoil.”
To draw or go back.
A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking;
recoilof nature, or of the blood
The state or condition of having recoiled.
recoilfrom formalism is skepticism.
F. W. Robertson.
Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when discharged.
an instrument for measuring the force of the recoil of a firearm.–
See the Note under
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.
2.To fall back; to retire.
3.To rebound; as, the blow recoils.
4.To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.
5.To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.
6.To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.