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Webster 1913 Edition


Propel

Pro-pel′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Propelled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Propelling
.]
[L.
propellere
,
propulsum
;
pro
forward +
pellere
to drive. See
Pulse
a beating.]
To drive forward; to urge or press onward by force; to move, or cause to move;
as, the wind or steam
propels
ships; balls are
propelled
by gunpowder.

Webster 1828 Edition


Propel

PROPEL'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. propello; pro, forward,and pello, to drive.]
To drive forward; to urge or press onward by force. The wind or steam propels ships; balls are propelled by the force of gun-powder; mill wheels are propelled by water or steam; the blood is propelled through the arteries and veins by the action of the heart. [This word is commonly applied to material bodies.]

Definition 2022


propel

propel

English

Verb

propel (third-person singular simple present propels, present participle propelling, simple past and past participle propelled)

  1. To cause to move in a certain direction.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter V
      When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
  2. To make to arrive to a certain situation or result.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 265e.
      I can discern your nature and see that even without any arguments (logoi) from me it will propel you to what you say you are drawn towards,

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Etymology

From English propeller.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /propɛl/, [pʰʁ̥oˈpɛlˀ]

Noun

propel c (singular definite propellen, plural indefinite propeller)

  1. propeller (mechanical device used to propel)

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