Definition of propulsion in English:

propulsion

noun

mass noun
  • The action of driving or pushing forwards.

    ‘they dive and use their wings for propulsion under water’
    • ‘It will be the first European probe using electric propulsion.’
    • ‘I flew downward but with a burst of propulsion I was able to stop my descent.’
    • ‘I was happy that the wrecks of Champion and Iona were still there, giving divers the chance to see a method of propulsion that is now almost extinct.’
    • ‘All sea snakes have flattened compressed paddle-like tails for propulsion in water.’
    • ‘Contributors to the collection address these metaphors of propulsion and seizure.’
    • ‘In electric traction, the first inventions for propulsion of vehicles were by battery-stored power.’
    • ‘In the fast ferry industry the water jet is becoming the predominant propulsion of choice.’
    • ‘The propulsion and power systems are controlled from the Machinery Control Room.’
    • ‘They feed by day and by night, and forage by swimming underwater, using their wings for propulsion.’
    • ‘An aeroplane requires a set of wings for lift, wing flaps and rear rudder for control and engines for propulsion.’
    • ‘The latter ended up drifting without navigation or propulsion for two hours.’
    • ‘This is obviously beneficial, given that more propulsion helps us to move forwards.’
    • ‘As the name implies, it is a hovercraft type of vehicle with motorcycle steering and propulsion.’
    • ‘Learning how to minimise drag has a far greater impact than maximising propulsion.’
    • ‘Kitesurfing involves riding a small board over water while gaining propulsion from the wind by means of a large kite.’
    • ‘The units will provide auxiliary power to the vehicles and will not be used for propulsion.’
    • ‘Because he found it harder to gain purchase with his feet, he was using his knees for propulsion, rubbing them red in the process.’
    • ‘There are, though, two half-hearted subplots which give some vague sense of propulsion.’
    • ‘This kick has more forward propulsion and causes the hips to rise, just like in butterfly.’
    • ‘With more effort my propulsion through the water increased, although I still used my hands for balance.’
    thrust, motive force, propelling force, impelling force, impetus, impulse, drive, driving force, actuation, push, surge, pressure, momentum, power
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘expulsion’): from medieval Latin propulsio(n-), from Latin propellere ‘drive before (oneself)’.

Pronunciation

propulsion

/prəˈpʌlʃ(ə)n/