recoil

A recoil is a movement backwards, usually from some force or impact. The recoil of a gun is a backward movement caused by momentum. Your trip to the shooting range might make your mom recoil — from horror, not momentum.

Recoil has both a verb and a noun form, meaning any kind of rebound or spring backwards. It doesn’t even have to be from an actual force. You might recoil when you see a snake, or recoil at the thought of having to eat squid. In those cases it’s more like a cringe or a flinch from something that’s scary, disgusting, or painful. Eating squid might in fact be all of those things to you.

Definitions of recoil
1

v spring back; spring away from an impact

Synonyms:
bounce, bound, rebound, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
Types:
kick, kick back
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
bound off, skip
bound off one point after another
carom
rebound after hitting
Type of:
bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds

v spring back, as from a forceful thrust

Synonyms:
kick, kick back
Type of:
bounce, bound, rebound, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
spring back; spring away from an impact

v draw back, as with fear or pain

Synonyms:
cringe, flinch, funk, quail, shrink, squinch, wince
Types:
retract, shrink back
pull away from a source of disgust or fear
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

Synonyms:
backfire, backlash
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

n the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

Synonyms:
kick
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n a movement back from an impact

Synonyms:
backlash, rebound, repercussion
Types:
bounce, bouncing
rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
resilience, resiliency
an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
carom, ricochet
a glancing rebound
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

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