Dictionary: RE-CLUSE – RE-COIL'

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RE-CLUSE, a. [Fr. reclus, from L. reclusus, recludo, but with a signification directly opposite.]

Shut up; sequestered; retired from the world or from public notice; solitary; as, a recluse monk or hermit; a recluse life. I all the live-long day / Consume in meditation deep, recluse / From human converse. – Phillps.


  1. A person who lives in retirement or seclusion from intercourse with the world; as a hermit or monk.
  2. A person who confines himself to a cell in a monastery.


In retirement or seclusion from society.


Retirement; seclusion from society.

RE-CLU'SION, n. [s as z.]

A state of retirement from the world; seclusion.


Affording retirement from society. – Shak.

RE-CO-AG-U-LA'TION, n. [re and coagulation.]

A second coagulation. – Boyle.

RE-COAST', v.t.

To coast back; to return along the same coast. – Chandler.


Returned along the same coast.


Coasting again or back.

RE-COCT', a. [L. recoctus, recoquo.]

New vamped. [Not used.] – Taylor.


A second coction or preparation.

RE-COG-NI'TION, n. [reconish'on or recognish'on; L. recognitio.]

  1. Acknowledgment; formal avowal; as, the recognition of a final concord on a writ of covenant. – Bacon.
  2. Acknowledgment; memorial. – White.
  3. Acknowledgment; solemn avowal by which a thing is owned or declared to belong to, or by which the remembrance of it is revived. The lives of such saints had, at the time of their yearly memorials, solemn recognition in the church of God. – Hooker.
  4. Knowledge confessed or avowed; as, the recognition of a thing present; memory of it as passed. – Grew.

RE-COG-NI-TOR, n. [recon'itor.]

One of a jury upon assize. – Blackstone.

RE-COG-NI-ZA-BLE, a. [recon'izable. from recognize.]

That may be recognized, known or acknowledged. Orient. Collections.

RE-COG-NI-ZANCE, n. [recon'izence; Fr. reconnoissance.]

  1. Acknowledgment of a person or thing; avowal; profession; as, the recognizance of Christians, by which they avow their belief in their religion. – Hooker.
  2. In law, an obligation of record which a man enters into before some court of record or magistrate duly authorized, with condition to do some particular act, as to appear at the assizes, to keep the peace or pay a debt. This recognizance differs from a bond, as it does not create a new debt, but it is the acknowledgment of a former debt on record. This is witnessed by the record only, and not by the party's seal. There is also a recognizance in the nature of a statute staple, acknowledged before either of the chief justices or their substitutes, the mayor of the staple at Westminster and the recorder of London, which is to be enrolled and certified into chancery. – Blackstone.
  3. The verdict of a jury impanneled upon assize. – Cowell.


To enter an obligation of record before a proper tribunal. A. B. recognized in the sum of twenty pounds.

REC-OG-NIZE, v.t. [rec'onize; It. riconoscere; Sp. reconocer; Fr. reconnoitre; L. recognosco; re and cognosco, to know. The g in these words has properly no sound in English. It is not a part of the root of the word, being written merely to give to con the French sound of gn, or that of the Spanish ñ, and this sound does not properly belong to our language.]

  1. To recollect or recover the knowledge of, either with an avowal of that knowledge or not. We recognize a person at a distance, when we recollect that we have seen him before, or that we have formerly known him. We recognize his features or his voice. Speak, vassal; recognize thy sovereign queen. – Harte.
  2. To review; to re-examine. – South.


Acknowledged; recollected as known; bound by recognizance.

REC'OG-NI-ZEE, a. [reconizee'.]

The person to whom a recognizance is made. – Blackstone.


Acknowledging; recollecting as known; entering a recognizance.

RE-COG-NI-ZOR, n. [reconizor'.]

One who enters into a recognizance. – Blackstone.

RE-COIL', n.

A starting or falling back; as, the recoil of fire-arms; the recoil of nature or the blood.

RE-COIL', v.i. [Fr. reculer, to draw back; recul, a recoil; Arm. arguila; Fr. cul, Sp. culo, Arm. gil, guil, the back part; W. ciliaw, to recede; It. rinculare; Sp. recular.]

  1. To move or start back; to roll back; as, a cannon recoils when fired; waves recoil from the shore.
  2. To fall back; to retire. – Milton.
  3. To rebound; as, the blow recoils. – Dryden.
  4. To retire; to flow back; as, the blood recoils with horror at the sight.
  5. To start back; to shrink. Nature recoils at the bloody deed.
  6. To return. The evil will recoil upon his own head.

RE-COIL', v.t.

To drive back. [Not used.] – Spenser.