Pronunciation: (rē-koil'),[key] —v.t., v.i. to coil again.
Pronunciation: ( —v.ri-koil'; —n.rē'koil", ri-koil'),[key] —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.
—n. 1. an act of recoiling.
2. the distance through which a weapon moves backward after discharging.