verb (used with object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
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Normally, hairlike structures called cilia on frog skin repel pathogens and spread mucus around.Frog skin cells turned themselves into living machines|Laura Sanders|March 31, 2021|Science News
Ethanol preservation of specimens repels bacteria and fungi, but leaches out colors.Dazzling underwater photos capture new views and scientific detail of fish larvae|Devin A. Reese|March 30, 2021|Science News
Pockets of water under the streamside plants support the plants during drought, which then repel fires much better than dry vegetation.Simple hand-built structures can help streams survive wildfires and drought|Brianna Randall|March 26, 2021|Science News
You might expect the negative skyrmions to repel one another, but the quantum mechanical rules governing how electrons hop between the two sublattices actually draw skyrmions on the opposing grids together.
By December, the king of Sweden announced, “I think that we have failed,” after the nation was hit with a second wave of cases, which herd immunity was supposed to repel.
The only exception is military action to repel an imminent attack.
Bieber now knows his perfect body is no longer the weaponry with which to repel his bad press.
It was easy to imagine that the landscape was actively trying to repel us.
On paper, the forces in Tikrit should have been more than adequate to repel even a force of this size.The Paper Tiger of the Tigris: How ISIS Took Tikrit Without a Fight|Andrew Slater|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scuffles broke out with riot police, who used pepper spray to repel party members wielding Greek flags on thick wooden sticks.
A dignified, modest reserve is the surest way to repel impertinence.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
They were ready to adopt the most energetic measures to repel the interference of this armed confederacy.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
Douglas was advancing to repel the assailants when he was informed of the force in rear, and instantly drew back his men.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
The men of his company, roaring curses at the Frenchmen, prepare to receive and repel a thundering charge of French cuirassiers.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches|William Makepeace Thackeray
An always wrathful God would repel His worshipers, or cast them into despair.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier