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recoil

RECOIL', v.i.

1. To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.

2. To fall back; to retire.

3. To rebound; as, the blow recoils.

4. To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.

5. To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.

6. To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.

RECOIL', v.t. To drive back. [Not used.]

RECOIL', n. A starting or falling back; as the recoil of fire-arms; the recoil of nature of the blood.




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RECOIL', v.i.

1. To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.

2. To fall back; to retire.

3. To rebound; as, the blow recoils.

4. To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.

5. To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.

6. To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.

RECOIL', v.t. To drive back. [Not used.]

RECOIL', n. A starting or falling back; as the recoil of fire-arms; the recoil of nature of the blood.


RE-COIL', n.

A starting or falling back; as, the recoil of fire-arms; the recoil of nature or the blood.


RE-COIL', v.i. [Fr. reculer, to draw back; recul, a recoil; Arm. arguila; Fr. cul, Sp. culo, Arm. gil, guil, the back part; W. ciliaw, to recede; It. rinculare; Sp. recular.]

  1. To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.
  2. To fall back; to retire. – Milton.
  3. To rebound; as, the blow recoils. – Dryden.
  4. To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.
  5. To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.
  6. To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.

RE-COIL', v.t.

To drive back. [Not used.] – Spenser.


Re*coil"
  1. To start, roll, bound, spring, or fall back] to take a reverse motion; to be driven or forced backward; to return.

    Evil on itself shall back recoil. Milton.

    The solemnity of her demeanor made it impossible . . . that we should recoil into our ordinary spirits. De Quincey.

  2. To draw or go back.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  3. A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking; as, the recoil of nature, or of the blood.
  4. To draw back, as from anything repugnant, distressing, alarming, or the like; to shrink.

    Shak.
  5. The state or condition of having recoiled.

    The recoil from formalism is skepticism. F. W. Robertson.

  6. To turn or go back; to withdraw one's self; to retire.

    [Obs.] "To your bowers recoil." Spenser.
  7. Specifically, the reaction or rebounding of a firearm when discharged.

    Recoil dynamometer (Gunnery), an instrument for measuring the force of the recoil of a firearm. -- Recoil escapement. See the Note under Escapement.

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Recoil

RECOIL', verb intransitive

1. To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.

2. To fall back; to retire.

3. To rebound; as, the blow recoils.

4. To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.

5. To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.

6. To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.

RECOIL', verb transitive To drive back. [Not used.]

RECOIL', noun A starting or falling back; as the recoil of fire-arms; the recoil of nature of the blood.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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FA'IRY, n.

[The origin of this word is not obvious, and the radical letters are uncertain. the conjectures of Baxter, Jamieson and others throw no satisfactory light on the subject.]

1. A fay; an imaginary being or spirit, supposed to assume a human form, dance in meadows, steal infants and play a variety of pranks. [See Elf and Demon.]

2. An enchantress.

Fairy of the mine, an imaginary being supposed to inhabit mines, wandering about in the drifts and chambers, always employed in cutting ore, turning the windlass, &c., yet effecting nothing. The Germans believe in two species; one fierce and malevolent; the other gentle. [See Cobalt.]

Fairy ring or circle, a phenomenon observed in fields, vulgarly supposed to be caused by fairies in their dances. This circle is of two kinds; one about seven yards in diameter, containing a round bare path, a foot broad, with green grass in the middle; the other of different size, encompassed with grass.

FA'IRY, a.

1. Belonging to fairies; as fairy land

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