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Rebound vs Reverberate vs Recoil vs Resile vs Repercuss

Rebound, reverberaterecoilresilerepercuss are comparable when they mean to spring back to an original position or shape.

Rebound basically implies a springing back after a collision or impact. In extended use the term implies a springing back from one extreme to another or from an abnormal condition to one that is normal.

Reverberate is used chiefly of rays or waves, most typically of sound waves, which are forced back in the manner of an echo or series of echoes or are repelled or reflected from side to side or from one surface to another, but it may be extended to other matters giving a similar effect.

Recoil (see also RECOIL 1 ) often implies a springing back after being stretched, strained, or depressed or a sudden or violent backward movement.

Sometimes it carries the suggestion of a return to the source or point of origin in the manner of a boomerang. But recoil often implies a springing back in the sense of being forced back by or as if by a blow; it then may connote a retreat, a receding, or a reeling.

Resile, much less common than its corresponding adjective resilient, like recoil may imply a springing back (as of an elastic body) into the original state or position, but in practice it is largely restricted to an essentially legal use in which it implies a withdrawing from something to which one has previously committed oneself.

Repercuss, also much less common than its corresponding noun repercussion and adjective repercussive, is a close synonym of reverberate and rebound, for it implies the return of something moving ahead with great force or, in extended use, set in motion or operation, back to or toward the starting point.

However it distinctively suggests repulsion upon impact and a return with undiminished force, or sometimes even greater force, and often, when persons are involved, with a marked effect upon the ones who initiated the action.