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 propelled
Fighting words like those that propelled his team to the top of the industry, but it looks like that drive might have been sapped.
But in recent years, a combination of several factors has propelled it into a leader.
That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.American Jihadis Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar: From Losers to Martyrs|Michael Daly|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Candlestick Park was the scene of “The Catch,” which propelled the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory.
Workers on the iron horse shoveled coal into a boiler, which propelled the engine and sent steam and smoke billowing into the sky.
It has reached the lower end of a sandbar, along the edge of which it is propelled by means of long poles, if the bottom be hard.Historic Highways of America (Vol. 9)|Archer Butler Hulbert
The war-canoes were propelled by twelve men, paddling on either side.The Adventures of Louis de Rougemont|Louis de Rougemont
The projectile ought to be propelled with an initial velocity of 12,000 yards per second.
It was propelled by rockets fired from long metal tubes located in the bow, in the stern, and on both sides.The Moon Colony|William Dixon Bell
Now, on either side of the canoe were three swans which propelled it.Myths of the Iroquois. (1883 N 02 / 1880-1881 (pages 47-116))|Erminnie A. Smith
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.