#277. Recoil. -- N. recoil; reaction, retroaction; revulsion; bounce, rebound, ricochet; repercussion, recalcitration[obs]; kick, contrecoup[Fr]; springing back &c. v.; elasticity &c. 325; reflection, reflexion[Brit], reflex, reflux; reverberation &c. (resonance) 408; rebuff, repulse; return.
ducks and drakes; boomerang; spring, reactionist[obs].
elastic collision, coefficient of restitution.
V. recoil, react; spring back, fly back, bounce back, bound back; rebound, reverberate, repercuss[obs], recalcitrate[obs]; echo, ricochet.
Adj. recoiling &c. v.; refluent[obs], repercussive, recalcitrant, reactionary; retroactive.
Adv. on the rebound, on the recoil &c. n.
Phr. for every action there is a reaction equal in force and opposite in direction [Newton].