The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Recoil \Re*coil"\ (r[-e]*koil"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Recoiled
(r[-e]*koild"); p. pr. & vb. n. Recoiling.] [OE. recoilen,
F. reculer, fr. L. pref. re- re- + culus the fundament. The
English word was perhaps influenced in form by accoil.]
1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a
reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to
Evil on itself shall back recoil. --Milton.
The solemnity of her demeanor made it impossible . .
. that we should recoil into our ordinary spirits.
2. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing,
alarming, or the like; to shrink. --Shak.
3. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire.
[Obs.] "To your bowers recoil." --Spenser.