1. [ verb ] draw back, as with fear or pain
Synonyms: flinch cringe wince shrink quail funk squinch

"she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

Related terms: move shrink_back wince
2. [ noun ] the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
Synonyms: kick
Related terms: movement kick_back
3. [ verb ] spring back; spring away from an impact
Synonyms: bounce spring bound rebound ricochet reverberate resile take_a_hop

"The rubber ball bounced" "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"

Related terms: jump kick_back carom skip leap bounce ricochet resilience
4. [ verb ] (arms) spring back, as from a forceful thrust
Synonyms: kick_back kick

"The gun kicked back into my shoulder"

Related terms: bounce
5. [ noun ] a movement back from an impact
Synonyms: rebound backlash repercussion
Related terms: movement bounce ricochet resilience bounce
Similar spelling:   resole