adjective Date: 1943 venting expanding propellant gas before recoil is produced <
recoilless rifle
recoilless airgun

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  • recoilless — [ri koil′lis] adj. designating or of a firearm designed to minimize recoil, as by means of vents for the escape of gases …   English World dictionary

  • recoilless — /ri koyl lis, ree koyl /, adj. having little or no recoil: a recoilless rifle. [1945 50; RECOIL + LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • recoilless — /rəˈkɔɪlləs/ (say ruh koylluhs) adjective without recoil: recoilless artillery …  

  • recoilless — recoil ► VERB 1) suddenly spring back or flinch in fear, horror, or disgust. 2) feel such emotions at the thought of something. 3) spring back through force of impact or elasticity. 4) (recoil on/upon) have an adverse consequence for (the… …   English terms dictionary

  • Recoilless rifle — A recoilless gun or recoilless rifle (RCL) is a lightweight form of weapon that allows the firing of a heavier projectile than would be practical with a recoiling weapon. Technically, only devices that use a rifled barrel are recoilless rifles .… …   Wikipedia

  • recoilless — adjective Lacking recoil …   Wiktionary

  • recoilless — re coil·less || rɪ kɔɪlɪs adj. having no rebound, having no backlash, having no kickback; not flinching, not drawing back, not wincing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • recoilless — re·coil·less …   English syllables

  • recoilless — adjective of or being a weapon that is designed to minimize recoil • Pertains to noun: ↑recoil …   Useful english dictionary

  • recoilless rifle — ▪ weapon       any of several antitank weapons developed during World War II. They are lightweight and can be operated by one or two men. Recoil was eliminated by allowing part of the propelling blast to escape to the rear. Disadvantages are a… …   Universalium

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