Origin of propellant
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Examples from the Web for propellant
Some jerk has redesigned the primer so that the flame misses the propellant!Hanging by a Thread
Gordon Randall Garrett
Its final fall was due to the introduction of gunpowder as a propellant.
The suit had been torn in the fall, and some propellant had gotten in through the rents.The Scarlet Lake Mystery
Harold Leland Goodwin
The propellant was taking the rocket almost out of sight when the fuse fired it.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
Compressed air was the propellant for the Zalinski dynamite gun.
- something that provides or causes propulsion, such as the explosive charge in a gun or the fuel in a rocket
- the gas used to carry the liquid droplets in an aerosol spray
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Word Origin and History for propellant
less-etymological, but more usual, spelling of propellent; 1881 as a firearm explosive; 1919 as "fuel for a rocket engine."
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