recoilless

adjective

re·​coil·​less ˈrē-ˌkȯi(-ə)l-ləs How to pronounce recoilless (audio)
ri-ˈkȯi(-ə)l-
: venting expanding propellant gas before recoil is produced
recoilless rifle
recoilless airgun

Examples of recoilless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One died in the eastern part of the city when a car bomb hit him, and the other a few months later after a recoilless rifle round tore through his cab. Mustafa Salim, Washington Post, 29 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of recoilless was in 1888

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“Recoilless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recoilless. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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