from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. propulsion, the act of propeling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of propelling.
  • n. In clockwork, electrical recording-instruments, calculating-machines, etc., the propelling mechanism; more particularly, an escapement mechanism in which the primary propulsive power is applied to the escapement, and the pallets of the escapement drive the scape-wheel, instead of the latter operating the escapement, as in ordinary clocks.


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  • She had been all for the walled little island, -- as she had heard it called, -- the island of the upward bound, where self-propelment was the test of right or wrong, and a marriage well above her the touchstone of a girl's sound morality.

    V. V.'s Eyes

  • Between Cutty's heart and his throat there was very little space at that moment for the propelment of sound.

    The Drums of Jeopardy

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