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re-coil



Pronunciation: (rē-koil'), [key]
v.t., v.i.
to coil again.

re•coil



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.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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