from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Serving or tending to repel.
- adj. Able to repel.
- adj. Inspiring aversion or distaste; repulsive. See Synonyms at hateful, offensive.
- adj. Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination: a water-repellent fabric.
- n. One that repels.
- n. A substance used to repel insects.
- n. A substance or treatment for making a fabric or surface impervious or resistant to something else.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. tending or able to repel
- adj. repulsive, inspiring aversion
- adj. resistant or impervious to something
- n. someone who repels
- n. a substance used to repel insects
- n. a substance or treatment for a fabric etc to make it impervious to something
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Driving back; able or tending to repel.
- n. That which repels.
- n. A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid.
- n. A kind of waterproof cloth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the effect of repelling, physically or morally; having power to repel; able or tending to repel; repulsive.
- Specifically, capable of repelling water; water-proof: as, repellent cloth or paper.
- n. In medicine, an agent which is used to prevent or reduce a swelling. Astringents, ice, cold water, etc., are repellents.
- n. A kind of water-proof cloth.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
- n. a chemical substance that repels animals
- n. the power to repel
- adj. serving or tending to repel
- adj. incapable of absorbing or mixing with
- n. a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
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Mosquitoes are night creatures, too, so insect repellent is a must (on you but never your bait).
The life of cities will always appear to them artificial, repellent from the physical conditions it imposes and the mental outlook resulting from these.
While my friend found the word repellent and would swoop down on one of her children for using it, she felt like the teacher deserved a pass.
I find Palin repellent for many reasons, most of all her proud no-nothingism and, on a personal level, where her children seem to be ending up in life and how that reflects on the values she’s taught them.
The sheep use it as a natural water repellent, which is lovely for them, but I found it to be sticky, oily, and totally unfit for my bundle of joy.
It's hard to pick the right adjective -- I prefer "preposterous" over "ugly" or "repellent" -- but there is something preposterous at the core of contemporary political thinking on both sides.
In no way to my surprise, its taste turned out to be in utter conformity with its other attributes—which is to say, repellent in the extreme.
I do not think that there is much that could justly be called repellent; but the morbidity and feverishness of a considerable portion must be admitted.