Translations: verb (recoils, recoiling, recoiled)
- (context, firearms) The amount of 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.
- To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment.
Etymology: From reculer.
- He recoiled in disgust when he saw the mess.
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