Definition of Propel

1. Verb. Cause to move forward with force. "Steam propels this ship"




2. Verb. Give an incentive for action. "They propel him to write the letter"; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
Exact synonyms: Actuate, Incite, Motivate, Move, Prompt
Generic synonyms: Cause, Do, Make
Related verbs: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike, Move
Derivative terms: Act, Incitation, Incitement, Motivation, Motivation, Motivation, Motivative, Motivator, Motive, Propulsion

Definition of Propel

1. v. t. 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.

Definition of Propel

1. Verb. To cause to move in a certain direction. ¹

2. Verb. To make to arrive to a certain situation or result. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Propel

1. to cause to move forward or onward [v -PELLED, -PELLING, -PELS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Propel

propanone
propargyl
propargylamide
propargylamides
propargylamine
propargylation
propargylglycine
propargylglycines
propargylic
propargyls
proparoxytone
proparoxytones
proparoxytonic
propedeuse
propedeutic
propel (current term)
propellane
propellanes
propellant
propellant explosive
propellants
propelled
propellent
propellents
propeller
propeller-head
propeller head
propeller heads
propeller plane
propeller shaft

Literary usage of Propel

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"They simply walk in the water, the motions which serve to support and propel them in that medium being very similar to those employed to progress on land. ..."

2. A Reply to Mr. Colden's Vindication of the Steam-boat Monopoly: With an by William Alexander Duer (1819)
"... in mechanics," ie to propel a vessel ;* and whatever may have been the nature or success of the pro1- jects and experiments of Jonathan Hull and my Lord ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Those orders were so far carried into effect that the propel 1er passed on her course without injury, but the barge was dragged by the hawser directly ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... property and foundations have in the course of centuries often been annexed to them for purposes other than the maintenance of prelates; those propel* ..."

5. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1869)
"The displacement of water by such a craft will be very much less than that of a wooden boat, and the same exertion will propel it proportionately faster. ..."

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