Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[ik-spel] /ɪkˈspɛl/
verb (used with object), expelled, expelling.
to drive or force out or away; discharge or eject:
to expel air from the lungs; to expel an invader from a country.
to cut off from membership or relations:
to expel a student from a college.
1350-1400; Middle English expellen < Latin expellere to drive out, drive away, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + pellere to push, drive
Related forms
expellable, adjective
reexpel, verb (used with object), reexpelled, reexpelling.
unexpellable, adjective
unexpelled, adjective
2. oust, dismiss, exile, excommunicate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for expelling
  • Fast swimmers, they can jet forward by expelling water through their mantles.
  • The oracles also play the role of exorcist-expelling or controlling malign spirits believed to be in patients.
  • Corals under temperature stress blanch, expelling symbiotic algae that hide the white skeletons below them.
  • expelling these common misconceptions is key to improving overall scientific literacy.
  • Still, expelling junk food won't do much to improve school cafeterias.
  • Audie took a deep breath and, expelling it, slackened his grip on her.
  • Yes, you hear it distinctly, because he's expelling his last breath of air.
  • Clams also soften the sediment by expelling jets of water from between the valves of their shells.
  • He has been expelling party dissidents and dealing toughly with student demonstrators.
  • Each country suspects the other of expelling people for political gain.
British Dictionary definitions for expelling


verb (transitive) -pels, -pelling, -pelled
to eject or drive out with force
to deprive of participation in or membership of a school, club, etc
Derived Forms
expellable, adjective
expellee (ˌɛkspɛˈliː) noun
expeller, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin expellere to drive out, from pellere to thrust, drive
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for expelling



late 14c., from Latin expellere "drive out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + pellere "to drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to eject from a school" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Expelled; expelling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for expel

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for expelling

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with expelling