verb (used with object), pro·pelled, pro·pel·ling.
- propanoic acid,
- propantheline bromide,
- propeller head,
- propeller horsepower
Origin of propel
Examples from the Web for propel
Barack Obama used the Internet and social media to propel himself to the presidency.
Typically, the power used to propel the water is derived from steam heat, which is turn generated by burning natural gas.
But for a Hyperserial to truly be successful, you need a compelling question to propel the show forward.Why Should You Watch 'Orphan Black'? Tatiana Maslany.|Sujay Kumar|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And they usually pose a clear question designed to propel the story forward.Mad Men’s Dramatic Déjà Vu: ‘Time Zones’ Feels Redundant|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since then, though, the NBA has been struggling to find the stars to propel them to Jordan-like mega heights.
It occurred to him presently that he could steer as well as propel his float with his feet.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
This is an electric light, and the batteries used to propel the boat can be used for the light.Boys' Book of Model Boats|Raymond Francis Yates
Being a man much moved to write, he comes to be so sensitive that even a puff of wind will propel him into an essay.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
Hence they were useless in low water, very hard to propel against the current, and their carrying capacity was greatly reduced.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 9)|Archer Butler Hulbert
She laughed in a high, not unmusical key, and suddenly dipping her oars, began to propel the boat swiftly through the water.A Maid of the Kentucky Hills|Edwin Carlile Litsey
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
Word Origin for propel
mid-15c., "to drive away, expel," from Latin propellere "push forward, drive forward, drive forth; move, impel," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + pellere "to push, drive" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to drive onward, cause to move forward" is from 1650s. Related: Propelled; propelling.