Origin of propulsion
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- the act of propelling or the state of being propelled
- a propelling force
Word Origin for propulsion
C15: from Latin prōpellere to propel
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1610s, "expulsion," noun of action formed from propuls-, past participle stem of Latin propellere "to propel" (see propel). Meaning "act of driving forward, propulsive force" first attested 1799.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A driving or propelling force.
- The leaning or falling forward characteristic of the festination of Parkinsonism.
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