re·​coil-op·​er·​at·​ed ˈrē-ˌkȯi(-ə)l-ˈä-pə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce recoil-operated (audio)
of a firearm
: utilizing the movement of parts in recoil to operate the action

Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recoil-operated was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Recoil-operated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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