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English noun: recoil

1. recoil (event) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

2. recoil (event) a movement back from an impact

Synonymsbacklash, rebound, repercussion

Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bouncing, carom, resilience, resiliency, ricochet

English verb: recoil

1. recoil (motion) draw back, as with fear or pain

SamplesShe flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf.

Synonymscringe, flinch, funk, quail, shrink, squinch, wince

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)retract, shrink back

2. recoil (social) come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

SamplesYour comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.

Synonymsbackfire, backlash

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

3. recoil (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact

SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.

Synonymsbounce, bound, rebound, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring

Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip

4. recoil (contact) spring back, as from a forceful thrust

SamplesThe gun kicked back into my shoulder.

Synonymskick, kick back

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

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