Dictionary.com

propulsion

[ pruh-puhl-shuhn ]
/ prəˈpʌl ʃən /
Save This Word!

noun

the act or process of propelling.
the state of being propelled.
a means of propelling; propelling force, impulse, etc.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!

In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of propulsion

1605–15; <Latin prōpuls(us) (past participle of prōpellere to propel) + -ion
pro·pul·sive [pruh-puhl-siv], /prəˈpʌl sɪv/, pro·pul·so·ry, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for propulsion

propulsion
/ (prəˈpʌlʃən) /

noun

the act of propelling or the state of being propelled
a propelling force
propulsive (prəˈpʌlsɪv) or propulsory, adjective
C15: from Latin prōpellere to propel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.
Learning At Home Just Got Easier!