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  1. a person or thing that impels.
  2. a rotor for transmitting motion, as in a centrifugal pump, blower, turbine, or fluid coupling.
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Origin of impeller

First recorded in 1675–85; impel + -er1
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Examples from the Web for impeller

Historical Examples of impeller

  • As he did, he saw Astrid's knuckles tighten around the impeller.

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    Mark Ganes

  • For instance, Zwingli asserted that God was the "author, mover, and impeller to sin."

  • She pressed the impeller—just as his left foot kicked in a high arc and caught the side of the barrel.

British Dictionary definitions for impeller


  1. the vaned rotating disc of a centrifugal pump, compressor, etc
  2. a compressor or centrifugal pump having such an impeller
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Word Origin and History for impeller


1680s, agent noun from impel (v.). As a machine part from 1890.

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