- to bounce or spring back; rebound; specif., to come back into shape or position after being pressed or stretched: said of elastic bodies
- to withdraw or recoil: often with from: they resiled from their arrangement; we resile from personal attacks
Origin of resileMiddle French resiler ; from Classical Latin resilire ; from re-, back + salire, to jump: see salient
intransitive verbre·siled, re·sil·ing, re·siles
- To spring back, especially to resume a former position or structure after being stretched or compressed.
- To draw back; recoil.
Origin of resileObsolete French resilir, from Latin resil&imacron;re, to leap back : re-, re- + sal&imacron;re, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present resiles, present participle resiling, simple past and past participle resiled)
Latin resiliÅ (“spring back") through French resilir; from re (back) + saliÅ (“I jump").