[syn: abjure, recant, forswear, retract, resile]
4. return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed;
- Example: "The rubber tubes resile"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
resile \re*sile"\ (r[-e]*z[imac]l"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
resiled (-z[imac]ld"); p. pr. & vb. n. resiling.] [L.
resilire to leap or spring back; pref. re- re- + salire to
leap, spring. See Salient.]
To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose. --J.
[1913 Webster] resilience
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc.; "The
landlord cannot resile from the lease"
2: spring back; spring away from an impact; "The rubber ball
bounced"; "These particles do not resile but they unite after
they collide" [syn: bounce, resile, take a hop,
spring, bound, rebound, recoil, reverberate,
3: formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually
under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about
his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs" [syn: abjure,
recant, forswear, retract, resile]
4: return to the original position or state after being
stretched or compressed; "The rubber tubes resile"