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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

recoil

(rē′koil″, rĭ-koil′) [ME. recoilen]
The springing back of body tissues to their relaxed state after they have been squeezed or compressed.
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As the barrel, barrel extension and bolt, which was riding inside the sleeve, recoiled, the sleeve and barrel rotated to unlock the bolt.
If that recoil block is completely split out and recoiled to the rear, gently drive a wooden wedge down into the stock's magazine mortice, to spread the sides sufficiently, to allow you to press glass into the splits.