Part of speech: verb

To start, shrink, or draw back; rebound; retreat.

Part of speech: noun

A shrinking back; a rebound.

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Usage examples "recoil":

  1. The same author has observed that the recoil of the sea from a steep shore is injurious to the growth of coral, although waves breaking over a bank are not so. - "Coral-Reefs", Darwin, Charles.
  2. Hyrst sat quietly in his recoil chair. - "The Legion of Lazarus", Edmond Hamilton.
  3. But it should never be forgotten that the thing from which we recoil did not choose to be fashioned so. - "Lotus Buds", Amy Carmichael.