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1 Drive or push something forwards:‘the boat is propelled by using a very long paddle’‘a rocket-propelled grenade launcher’
move forwards, push forwards, move, set in motion, get moving, drivethrow, thrust, toss, fling, hurl, lob, let fly, launch, pitch, project, send, shootView synonyms
- ‘A stroke consists of four components that have to be completed perfectly to propel the boat forward as fast as possible.’
- ‘One U.S. team propelled a spacecraft to 68,000 feet, or about 13 miles.’
- ‘The propeller or the jet engine of an aircraft pushes air backwards to propel the aircraft forward.’
- ‘He takes a seat directly behind, and as the bus lurches off, propelling us forward in our seats, he closes his eyes, just for a millisecond longer than strictly required.’
- ‘I use the last amount of my remaining strength to propel myself upward.’
- ‘And as the bends move back, they push against the ground, propelling the snake forward.’
- ‘The wave can also propel solid projectiles, such as cannonballs.’
- ‘Placing advertising material on a mechanically propelled vehicle is also an offence.’
- ‘As the dimple moves, it acts like an oar, pushing against the surrounding water and creating a force that propels the spider forward.’
- ‘As the body continues to move forward over the new stance foot, that leg extends to provide extra thrust, which propels the body forward into the next step.’
- ‘And you'll get the added boost of an extra body propelling the boat forward.’
- ‘An intricate system of magnetic fields propelled the craft along and away from Earth.’
- ‘Their leathery wings beat against the blackness in steady flaps, propelling them forward.’
- ‘She propels my quivering body forward with her arm that's on my shoulder.’
- ‘As such, they don't propel the craft through the water very well!’
- ‘Solar sails will use the sun's energy to propel spacecraft across the cosmos.’
- ‘Use your arms to help propel you upward and to control the movement.’
- ‘A magnetic force propelled me forward, then flung me through the steel door.’
- ‘But he found he could propel himself forward by pushing off against the sides with his feet.’
- ‘If you were so inspired, you could actually learn to work the big red wheels in the proper manner to propel you forward.’
- 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Spur or drive into a particular situation:‘fear propelled her out of her stillness’
spur, drive, prompt, precipitate, catapult, motivate, force, impelView synonyms
- ‘These were ordinary people who were propelled into an extraordinary situation.’
- ‘It's this sort of oceanic sonic force that propels the film to its conclusion.’
- ‘He established himself as the champion of the working people and that helped propel him to the presidency.’
- ‘A death happens - and we are propelled in a direction that we couldn't have imagined.’
- ‘Do not let fear of error or retribution propel you into a medical appointment or a dangerous situation.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘expel, drive out’): from Latin propellere, from pro- forward + pellere to drive.
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