Recoiled
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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