re·​coil·​less | \ ˈrē-ˌkȯi(-ə)l-ləs How to pronounce recoilless (audio) , ri-ˈkȯi(-ə)l- \

Definition of recoilless

: 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, "Bulldozers have become more crucial — and more vulnerable — in the fight against the Islamic State," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of recoilless

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Recoilless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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