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propulsion

[ pruh-puhl-shuhn ]
/ prəˈpʌl ʃən /
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noun
the act or process of propelling.
the state of being propelled.
a means of propelling; propelling force, impulse, etc.
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Origin of propulsion

1605–15; <Latin prōpuls(us) (past participle of prōpellere to propel) + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM propulsion

pro·pul·sive [pruh-puhl-siv], /prəˈpʌl sɪv/, pro·pul·so·ry, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for propulsion

propulsion
/ (prəˈpʌlʃən) /

noun
the act of propelling or the state of being propelled
a propelling force

Derived forms of propulsion

propulsive (prəˈpʌlsɪv) or propulsory, adjective

Word Origin for propulsion

C15: from Latin prōpellere to propel
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Medical definitions for propulsion

propulsion
[ prə-pŭlshən ]

n.
A driving or propelling force.
The leaning or falling forward characteristic of the festination of Parkinsonism.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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