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screw propeller

a rotary propelling device, as for a ship or airplane, consisting of a number of blades that radiate from a central hub and are so inclined to the plane of rotation as to tend to drive a helical path through the substance in which they rotate.
Origin of screw propeller
Related forms
screw-propelled, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was the invention of the screw-propeller that made steam propulsion for warships really practical.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • Ericsson began the construction of a screw-propeller in a bath-room.

    How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden
  • This term generally alludes to the Archimedean screw, or screw-propeller.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Trevithick's claim to the invention of the screw-propeller was disputed.

    Cornish Worthies, Volume 2 (of 2) Walter H. Tregellas
  • With the screw-propeller in its present form we may close our story of the boat.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • She was a screw-propeller, and rigged as a fore-topsail schooner.

    North-Pole Voyages Zachariah Atwell Mudge
  • Also, in steam navigation, the distance between two contiguous threads of the screw-propeller, is termed the pitch.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It consisted of two line-of-battle-ships, a frigate, and a screw-propeller, under command of the British Admiral in the Pacific.

  • A screw-propeller afforded means of propulsion, and phosphorescent gauges and compasses enabled him to steer with some accuracy.

  • A sailing vessel is backed by means of the sails, a steamer by reversing the paddles or screw-propeller.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for screw-propeller

screw propeller

an early form of ship's propeller in which an Archimedes' screw is used to produce thrust by accelerating a flow of water
Derived Forms
screw-propelled, adjective
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