American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To spring back, as upon firing.
- v. To shrink back, as in fear or repugnance.
- v. To fall back; return: "Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent” ( Arthur Conan Doyle).
- n. The backward action of a firearm upon firing.
- n. The act or state of recoiling; reaction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To draw back; go back; retreat; take a sudden backward motion after an advance.
- To start or draw back, as from anything repulsive, distressing, alarming, or the like; shrink.
- To fall, rush, start, bound, or roll back, as in consequence of resistance which cannot be overcome by the force impressed; return after a certain strain or impetus: literally or figuratively.
- To fall off; degenerate.
- To drive back.
- n. A drawing back; retreat.
- n. A backward movement; a rebound: literally or figuratively.
- n. Specifically, the rebound or resilience of a firearm or a piece of ordnance when discharged.
- To coil again.
- n. 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.
- v. To pull back, especially in disgust, horror or astonishment.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To retire, withdraw.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return.
- v. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing, alarming, or the like; to shrink.
- v. obsolete To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire.
- v. obsolete To draw or go back.
- n. A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking.
- n. The state or condition of having recoiled.
- n. Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when discharged.
- v. come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect
- v. spring back; spring away from an impact
- v. spring back, as from a forceful thrust
- n. the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
- n. a movement back from an impact
- From Old French reculer. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English recoilen, from Old French reculer : re-, re- + cul, buttocks (from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I own one and yes the recoil is alittle bit rough, but overall I like the gun.”
“I have been told that, using light loads, the recoil is as light as a 20 ga? dickgun”
“Much of the recoil is absorbed by the rifles 'weight.”
“His speech two weeks before the spending review betrays coalition nerves that the public supports deficit reduction in principle, but will recoil from the speed, scale and specifics of the government's plan.”
“Be sure and practice a lot off the sticks and be sure the recoil is not too much, but since you are taking the 416 Rigby hopefully "kick" won't be an issue.”
“This load is very mild in recoil and report and is my "woods" load for the 25/06.”
“The recoil is manageable but it has enough thump to drop anything up to deer size.”
“Despite being a light gun at a reasonably large caliber, the recoil is very manageable, as evidenced by the success of my kids.”
“Normally in a gun this light (7 pounds for mine, not the 6.6 pounds Beretta lists) would rattle my teeth with such heavy loads, but recoil is remarkably light with hunting and target ammo.”
“I really don't notice any increase in recoil although physics dictates that there should be more than a 7 1/2 incher.”
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