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propulsion

[pruh-puhl-shuh n] /prəˈpʌl ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of propelling.
2.
the state of being propelled.
3.
a means of propelling; propelling force, impulse, etc.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Latin prōpuls(us) (past participle of prōpellere to propel) + -ion
Related forms
propulsive
[pruh-puhl-siv] /prəˈpʌl sɪv/ (Show IPA),
propulsory, adjective
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Examples from the web for propulsive
  • Athletes' biceps do indeed begin to bulge, but so do the linings and propulsive muscles of their intestine.
  • Her work is rarely propulsive-little moves forward, including her characters' ideas about the world.
  • His solos are light yet propulsive, building inexorably and seamlessly from skittering rhythm lines.
British Dictionary definitions for propulsive

propulsion

/prəˈpʌlʃən/
noun
1.
the act of propelling or the state of being propelled
2.
a propelling force
Derived Forms
propulsive (prəˈpʌlsɪv), propulsory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prōpellere to propel
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Word Origin and History for propulsive
adj.

1640s, from propuls-, past participle stem of Latin propellere "to propel" (see propel) + -ive.

propulsion

n.

1610s, "expulsion," noun of action formed from propuls-, past participle stem of Latin propellere "to propel" (see propel). Meaning "act of driving forward, propulsive force" first attested 1799.

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propulsive in Medicine

propulsion pro·pul·sion (prə-pŭl'shən)
n.

  1. A driving or propelling force.

  2. The leaning or falling forward characteristic of the festination of parkinsonism.

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