Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun In medicine, an agent which is used to prevent or reduce a swelling. Astringents, ice, cold water, etc., are repellents.
  • noun A kind of water-proof cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Driving back; able or tending to repel.
  • noun That which repels.
  • noun (Med.) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid.
  • noun A kind of waterproof cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective tending or able to repel
  • adjective repulsive, inspiring aversion
  • adjective resistant or impervious to something
  • noun someone who repels
  • noun a substance used to repel insects
  • noun a substance or treatment for a fabric etc to make it impervious to something

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

  • adjective highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
  • noun a chemical substance that repels animals
  • noun the power to repel
  • adjective serving or tending to repel
  • adjective incapable of absorbing or mixing with
  • noun a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin repellens.

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