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propellent

[pruh-pel-uh nt] /prəˈpɛl ənt/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to propel or drive forward.
noun
2.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin prōpellent- (stem of prōpellēns), present participle of prōpellere to drive forward. See propel, -ent
Related forms
nonpropellent, adjective, noun
unpropellent, adjective
Can be confused
propellant, propellent.
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  • Sodium azide, a component of the air bag inflator propellent, converts the nitrogen gas used to inflate the air bag.
British Dictionary definitions for propellent

propellant

/prəˈpɛlənt/
noun
1.
something that provides or causes propulsion, such as the explosive charge in a gun or the fuel in a rocket
2.
the gas used to carry the liquid droplets in an aerosol spray

propellent

/prəˈpɛlənt/
adjective
1.
able or tending to propel
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Word Origin and History for propellent
adj.

1640s, from propel + -ent. As a noun from 1814.

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