Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
repelledthe hostile tide.
repelledeach other strongly, and yet attracted each other strongly.
To resist or oppose effectually;
repelan assault, an encroachment, or an argument
Syn. – Tu repulse; resist; oppose; reject; refuse.
To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.to drive back; to force to return; to check advance; as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.
Hippomedon repell'd the hostile tide.
And virtue may repel, though not invade.
2.To resist; to oppose; as, to repel an argument.
1.To act with force in opposition to force impressed. Electricity sometimes attracts and sometimes repels.
2.In medicine, to check an afflux to a part of the body.