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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin repellens.



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