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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.] [1913 Webster] 1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back; to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return. [1913 Webster] Evil on itself shall back recoil. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The solemnity of her demeanor made it impossible . . . that we should recoil into our ordinary spirits. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing, alarming, or the like; to shrink. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire. [Obs.] "To your bowers recoil." --Spenser. [1913 Webster]