verb (used with object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
verb (used without object), re·pelled, re·pel·ling.
- repeating decimal,
- repeating firearm,
Origin of repel
Examples from the Web for repellency
The repellency between the cork-ball and the shot is likewise destroyed.
The repellency between the cork-ball and the shot is likewise destroy'd; 1.
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled (mainly tr)
Word Origin for repel
early 15c., "to drive away, remove," from Old French repeller or directly from Latin repellere "to drive back," from re- "back" (see re-) + pellere "to drive, strike" (see pulse (n.1)). Meaning "to affect (a person) with distaste or aversion" is from 1817. Related: Repelled; repelling.