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[ri-koil-lis, ree-koil-] /rɪˈkɔɪl lɪs, ˈriˌkɔɪl-/
having little or no recoil:
a recoilless rifle.
Origin of recoilless
1945-50; recoil + -less Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Homer said, "Tell Bey to bring along an extra 9mm recoilless for me."

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • From the amount of noise I knew they both had recoilless .50's.

    Arm of the Law Harry Harrison
  • He shifted his shoulders to loosen the .38 recoilless in its holster.

    Subversive Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The heavy thud of a recoilless .75 came from the room behind him and a foot-long section of metal window frame leaped outward.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • But here, for instance, is a noiseless, recoilless hand gun.

    Revolution Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • One more obvious fact that Wayne had time to comprehend was that the weapon was not a recoilless type.

    High Dragon Bump Don Thompson
  • The policeman had his .75 recoilless revolver out and pressed against Jon's side.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for recoilless


denoting a gun, esp an antitank weapon, in which the blast is vented to the rear so as to eliminate or reduce recoil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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