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recoil

 [re-koyl´]
1. to pull back quickly, such as towards a resting position upon removal of a strong opposing force.
2. (re´koil) a pulling back quickly.
elastic recoil the ability of a stretched elastic object or organ, such as the lung or bladder, to return to its resting position. See also elastance.

recoil

/re·coil/ (re´koil) a quick pulling back.
elastic recoil  the ability of a stretched object or organ, such as the bladder, to return to its resting position.

recoil

(rē′koil″, rĭ-koil′) [ME. recoilen]
The springing back of body tissues to their relaxed state after they have been squeezed or compressed.

recoil,

n chiropractic technique where a thrust is applied with the force produced from the practitioner's arms, chest, and hands. Once delivered, the practitioner's hands recoil from the client's vertebra.
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Recoiling from the individualism of the corporate capitalist, liberals tend to lose contact with a larger part of the American psyche: the urge toward individual enterprise, the dislike of regulation and bureaucracy, and the spiritual/religious drama of redemption and reform, all of which provide much of the subtext of America's political discourse.
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