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recoil

  
     ( recoils    3rd person present)   ( recoiling    present participle)   ( recoiled    past tense & past participle  )
The verb is pronounced rɪkɔɪl. The noun is pronounced ri:kɔɪl.     
1       verb   If something makes you recoil, you move your body quickly away from it because it frightens, offends, or hurts you.  
For a moment I thought he was going to kiss me. I recoiled in horror...      V  
We are attracted by nice smells and recoil from nasty ones.      V from n  
      Recoil is also a noun., n-uncount  
...his small body jerking in recoil from the volume of his shouting.     
2       verb   If you recoilfrom doing something or recoilat the idea of something, you refuse to do it or accept it because you dislike it so much.  
People used to recoil from the idea of getting into debt...      V from n  
She recoiled at the number of young girls who had to live by selling their bodies.      V at n  
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n.
artificial long word coined to mean a lung disease known as silicosis, a type of pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of ultra-microscopic particles of crystalline silica volcanic dust. It has the particularity of being the longest word in the English language published in a dictionary
Longer tech. terms exist (up to 189,819 letters!).The word, presumably coined in 1935 by E.M. Smith (pres. of the National Puzzlers'League) in imitation of very long medical terms, contains 45 letters
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