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[self-pruh-peld, self-] /ˈsɛlf prəˈpɛld, ˌsɛlf-/
propelled by itself.
(of a vehicle) propelled by its own engine, motor, or the like, rather than drawn or pushed by a horse, locomotive, etc.
(of a gun or a rocket launcher) having a vehicle as a base.
Sometimes, self-propelling.
Origin of self-propelled
First recorded in 1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was killed when he wrecked a self-propelled vehicle he was using.

    Police Operation H. Beam Piper
  • Electric automobiles are the most simple of all the self-propelled vehicles.

    Stories of Inventors Russell Doubleday
  • For some time, indeed, certain ingenious gentlemen had been carrying out a number of experiments with self-propelled carriages.

    Carriages & Coaches Ralph Straus
  • Armoured Car, a self-propelled car completely protected by bullet-proof armour-plating.

  • His adherence to steam as the motive power in self-propelled road vehicles has been unremitting and energetic.

    Automobile Biographies

    Lyman Horace Weeks
  • The first authentic record of a self-propelled carriage dates back to the middle of the sixteenth century.

  • Lumbering up the mountain road were more tanks and a self-propelled gun.

    Double Take Richard Wilson
  • I meant cars of comparatively small size and weight and self-propelled, depending upon no locomotive whatever.

    Our Railroads To-Morrow Edward Hungerford
  • Suddenly the answer came to him—a self-propelled underwater grenade!

British Dictionary definitions for self-propelled


(of a vehicle) provided with its own source of tractive power rather than requiring an external means of propulsion
Derived Forms
self-propelling, adjective
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