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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of repulsing or the condition of being repulsed.
  • n. Extreme aversion.
  • n. Physics The tendency of particles or bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity to separate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of repelling or the condition of being repelled.
  • n. An extreme dislike of something, or hostility to something.
  • n. The repulsive force acting between bodies of the same electric charge or magnetic polarity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of repulsing or repelling, or the state of being repulsed or repelled.
  • n. A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
  • n. The power, either inherent or due to some physical action, by which bodies, or the particles of bodies, are made to recede from each other, or to resist each other's nearer approach

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of repelling or driving back, or the state of being repelled; specifically, in physics, the action which two bodies exert upon each other when they tend to increase their mutual distance: as, the repulsion between like magnetic poles or similarly electrified bodies.
  • n. The act of repelling mentally; the act of arousing repellent feeling; also, the feeling thus aroused, or the occasion of it; aversion.
  • n. In biology, conspicuous unlikeness in the color or markings of allied species which inhabit the same locality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
  • n. the force by which bodies repel one another
  • n. intense aversion

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