To jerk backward, as a gun upon firing
To draw away involuntarily, usually out of fear or disgust
An act of drawing back in an involuntary or instinctive fashion
Sofia forced herself not to recoil, afraid to touch anyone.
began a new process of recoil on the part of the Hellenistic power.
Anything different doesn't seem as human to us and we instinctively recoil from it.
In water we get a maximum recoil with a minimum of displacement; in air, on the contrary, we obtain a minimum recoil with a maximum of displacement.
His recoil from Judaism is all the more intense because of St Paul.