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

  • n. The process of driving or propelling.
  • n. A driving or propelling force.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Force causing movement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act driving forward or away; the act or process of propelling.
  • n. An impelling act or movement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of propelling or driving forward; impulse given.
  • n. In pathology, same as paralysis festinans.

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

  • n. the act of propelling
  • n. a propelling force


Medieval Latin prōpulsiō, prōpulsiōn-, onslaught, urging on, from Latin prōpulsus, past participle of prōpellere, to drive forward; see propel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin propulsio ("term"), from Latin past participle of propello ("to drive forward, drive forth, drive away, drive out") (Wiktionary)



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