resile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v resile return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed "The rubber tubes resile"
    • v resile formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion","She abjured her beliefs"
    • v resile spring back; spring away from an impact "The rubber ball bounced","These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
    • v resile pull out from an agreement, contract, statement, etc. "The landlord cannot resile from the lease"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i resile To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • resile To start back; recede, as from a purpose; recoil.
    • resile To shrink, recoil, or retreat from something.
    • resile To recoil or rebound; return to its original form or position, as an elastic body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Resile rē-zīl′ to leap back: to fly from: to recoil, to recede
    • pr.p Resile resīl′ing; pa.p. resīled′
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. resilire, to leap or spring back; pref. re-, re- + salire, to leap, spring. See Salient

Usage


In news:

The resilent Union Knights overcame a two touchdown lead twice en route to a 47-46 victory.
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In science:

Those nations that have managed to resile this conflict, between supplying the logistics and deciding upon the science, have managed to do the best Antarctic science, regardless of the scienti fic discipline.
Astronomy in Antarctica
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