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Webster 1913 Edition


Repulsion

Re-pul′sion

(r?-p?l′sh?n)
,
Noun.
[L.
repulsio
: cf. F.
répulsion
.]
1.
The act of repulsing or repelling, or the state of being repulsed or repelled.
2.
A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
3.
(Physics)
The power, either inherent or due to some physical action, by which bodies, or the particles of bodies, are made to recede from each other, or to resist each other’s nearer approach;
as, molecular
repulsion
; electrical
repulsion
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Repulsion

REPUL'SION

,
Noun.
1.
In physics, the power of repelling or driving off; that property of bodies which causes them to recede from each other or avoid coming in contact.
2.
The act of repelling.

Definition 2021


repulsion

repulsion

See also: repulsión and répulsion

English

Noun

repulsion (plural repulsions)

  1. The act of repelling or the condition of being repelled.
  2. An extreme dislike of something, or hostility to something.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion [] such talk had been distressingly out of place.
  3. (physics) The repulsive force acting between bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity.

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