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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of repulsing or the condition of being repulsed.
  • noun Extreme aversion.
  • noun Physics The force that causes particles or bodies to repel one another, as from having the same electric charge or magnetic polarity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In biology, conspicuous unlikeness in the color or markings of allied species which inhabit the same locality.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The act of repelling mentally; the act of arousing repellent feeling; also, the feeling thus aroused, or the occasion of it; aversion.

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

  • noun The act of repulsing or repelling, or the state of being repulsed or repelled.
  • noun A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
  • noun (Physics) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

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