Definition of propeller in English:

propeller

(also propellor)

noun

  • A mechanical device for propelling a boat or aircraft, consisting of a revolving shaft with two or more broad, angled blades attached to it.

    • ‘Once it takes hold it encrusts boat hulls and propellers, and chokes pipes and aquaculture.’
    • ‘The company also makes sculptures gleaned from different aircraft propellers.’
    • ‘The ship has two shafts with controllable pitch propellers, two rudders and a pair of active stabilising fins.’
    • ‘One of the bigger problems we faced was the non-availability of propellers for these aircraft.’
    • ‘As it was slowing to a stop, the aircraft shuddered and its landing gear collapsed, propellers digging into the runway.’
    • ‘They took inspiration from mechanical models such as propellers and paddle wheels.’
    • ‘We had somehow got one of our mooring ropes entangled in the propeller of the boat, we had no engines, and we were drifting helplessly.’
    • ‘The drone of aircraft propellers and thump of helicopter rotors made way for screaming auto engines and squealing tyres.’
    • ‘By contrast, the starboard propeller is lying under the hull, away from the light, and is adorned in soft red corals.’
    • ‘They sent these speed boats out but they couldn't get to us because the propellors would have chewed up the people in the water, and they couldn't turn off the propellors because the speed boats would have sunk too.’
    • ‘Boat owners can get into serious trouble for leaving it stuck to propellers or hulls when boats are in transit.’
    • ‘When the drive shaft has a marine propeller at one end, it moves a boat through the water.’
    • ‘Additionally, the windmilling propeller on the dead engine creates a lot of drag.’
    • ‘One engine on the top of the aircraft is attached to large propellers that produce lift, much like a helicopter.’
    • ‘The four engines, complete with propellers, were still attached to the plane but had come away from their mounting to rest on the undulating reef.’
    • ‘Boats powered by propellers and engines were bringing people across the river in under three hours.’
    • ‘A fire erupted in the starboard engine and the pilot was unable to feather the propeller.’
    • ‘So there would be little or no vibration, the opposite blade of the propeller had to be treated in exactly the same manner.’
    • ‘Both propellers are in place, though the starboard propeller is missing a couple of blades.’
    • ‘The propulsion system drives two shafts with seven-bladed fixed-pitch propellers.’
    screw, airscrew, rotor, vane, propulsor
    prop
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Pronunciation:

propeller

/prəˈpɛlə/