Adjective "recoiled" definition and examples

(Recoiled may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust.
  1. 'Suddenly Fenton's face recoiled and his hand flew up to his nose.'
  2. 'Only a few moments passed before the unicorn whinnied, and suddenly recoiled, as if jarred by an electric shock.'
  3. 'It was too much like an echo of the past; I flinched and recoiled from him.'
  4. 'I felt Jack's arm snake around my waist suddenly and wanted to recoil, but just gave him a fake loving smile instead.'
  5. 'He began to pull up his shirt and the children recoiled in horror.'
  6. 'I have a face that only a mother could love, and even then she'd need a couple of strong wines to keep from recoiling in horror.'
  7. 'The next morning, I reached down to stroke my sleek calves and recoiled in horror when my fingers encountered a disgusting prickliness.'
  8. 'He reached out as if meaning to grasp my hand but recoiled suddenly.'
  9. 'But she had no sooner taken a few steps forward than she suddenly recoiled.'
  10. 'Lisa suddenly recoiled, drawing back her hand, standing up.'
  11. 'Ronni felt herself recoil at the very thought'
  12. 'It seems that many of those in the American elite who would recoil at the idea of explicit quotas are happy to tolerate more subtle systems that accomplish the same thing.'
  13. 'Many social scientists recoil from the idea that though particular wars may be avoided, war is endemic in the human condition.'
  14. 'And still some people might react with disgust at the idea, recoil at the thought of it, or simply say that it's too strong a word.'
  15. 'The theory is that Fraser recoiled from the idea of blaming a widely revered figure, and fellow Westminster alumni, especially one who cannot now defend himself.'
  16. 'We all should recoil from the idea that a human being must possess certain attributes in order to qualify as a person - not only for the sake of justice, but also for self-interest.'
  17. 'Refreshingly, she recoils at the idea of that mirage known as ‘quality time’.'
  18. 'And while other housemates recoiled in horror at the thought of picking objects out of a bucket of sheep's eyes, he grabbed a handful and wolfed it down.'
  19. 'We recoil at the idea of growing human beings for spare body parts or creating life for our convenience.'
  20. 'The young mistress, on her part, recoiled from the idea of having an old lover, and so she pulled out his white hairs.'
  21. 'What happens next still has me shuddering and recoiling with horror.'
Rebound or spring back through force of impact or elasticity.
  1. 'If you stretch too far, ‘the muscle recoils to protect itself,’ he says.'
  2. 'The principle stress-bearing elements of the lung, which account for its tendency to recoil, are elastin and collagen fiber networks and surface tension.'
  3. 'Hence, although we fix the vessel under distension, once the load is removed, the elastin will recoil and consequently have a tortuous geometry.'
  4. 'the rifle recoiled'
  5. 'The front trigger is articulated to move forward a little when the gun recoils and then you move your finger forward for the right modified barrel.'
  6. 'When the enemy reached the middle of the open space, he fired, and the gun hardly recoiled at all.'
  7. 'The gun recoiled as the bolt left the gun and flew through the air.'
  8. 'The gun recoiled, and I saw my shot fly forward and hit him in the chest.'
  9. 'Characters also recoil on their authors in the wake of writing; when Elias Canetti finished Auto-da-Fe, he fell into confused remorse and guilt for inventing the death by fire that was his protagonist Kien's fate.'
  10. 'All suffering recoils on the wrongdoer himself.'
  11. 'Stepping forward, threateningly close, he declared: ‘We tell you plainly that what you have said will recoil upon your head.’'


The action of recoiling.
  1. 'Without thinking, Shelley squeezed the gun's trigger and took a step back to compensate for the surprise amount of recoil.'
  2. 'This provides the skeleto-muscular support required in order to handle recoil without discomfort.'
  3. 'The recoil jarred his shoulder painfully, but he ignored it as best as he could.'
  4. 'The recoil made his shoulder start hurting again.'
  5. 'In recoil, one of the mortally wounded soldiers pulled the trigger of his gun, causing a single bullet to strike his attacker.'
  6. 'The recoil from the shot blew James onto his back, unconscious once again.'
  7. 'When trying to shoot out of this position, the body rocks back under recoil and the arms pivot up at the shoulders.'
  8. 'No matter how well you explain recoil or emphasize proper shooting stance, that first shot is a surprise.'
  9. 'The recoil, for example, was negligible, and the gun was certainly not on a hair-trigger.'
  10. 'The light recoil and modest slide pace lull the shooter into a false sense of security.'

More definitions

1. to coil again.

More examples(as adjective)

"particles can be recoiled."

"peaks can be recoiled."

"impurities can be recoiled."

"atoms can be recoiled."


(re-coil)Middle English (denoting the act of retreating): from Old French reculer ‘move back’, based on Latin culus ‘buttocks’.