Definition of propeller in US English:

propeller

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.

    • ‘The company also makes sculptures gleaned from different aircraft propellers.’
    • ‘Boat owners can get into serious trouble for leaving it stuck to propellers or hulls when boats are in transit.’
    • ‘Additionally, the windmilling propeller on the dead engine creates a lot of drag.’
    • ‘By contrast, the starboard propeller is lying under the hull, away from the light, and is adorned in soft red corals.’
    • ‘As it was slowing to a stop, the aircraft shuddered and its landing gear collapsed, propellers digging into the runway.’
    • ‘One of the bigger problems we faced was the non-availability of propellers for these aircraft.’
    • ‘The drone of aircraft propellers and thump of helicopter rotors made way for screaming auto engines and squealing tyres.’
    • ‘Once it takes hold it encrusts boat hulls and propellers, and chokes pipes and aquaculture.’
    • ‘One engine on the top of the aircraft is attached to large propellers that produce lift, much like a helicopter.’
    • ‘Boats powered by propellers and engines were bringing people across the river in under three hours.’
    • ‘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 ship has two shafts with controllable pitch propellers, two rudders and a pair of active stabilising fins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A fire erupted in the starboard engine and the pilot was unable to feather the propeller.’
    • ‘They took inspiration from mechanical models such as propellers and paddle wheels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the drive shaft has a marine propeller at one end, it moves a boat through the water.’
    • ‘So there would be little or no vibration, the opposite blade of the propeller had to be treated in exactly the same manner.’
    screw, airscrew, rotor, vane, propulsor
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Pronunciation

propeller

/prəˈpelər//prəˈpɛlər/