propellant

[ pruh-pel-uhnt ]
/ prəˈpɛl ənt /

noun

a propelling agent.
the charge of explosive used to propel the projectile from a gun.
a substance, usually a mixture of fuel and oxidizer, for propelling a rocket.
a compressed inert gas that serves to dispense the contents of an aerosol container when the pressure is released.

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Origin of propellant

First recorded in 1915–20; propel + -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM propellant

mul·ti·pro·pel·lant, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH propellant

propellant , propellent.
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British Dictionary definitions for propellant

propellant

propellent

/ (prəˈpɛlənt) /

noun

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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