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English noun: recoil

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


Synonymskick


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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