- to drive or force back (an assailant, invader, etc.).
- to thrust back or away.
- to resist effectively (an attack, onslaught, etc.).
- to keep off or out; fail to mix with: Water and oil repel each other.
- to resist the absorption or passage of (water or other liquid): This coat repels rain.
- to refuse to have to do with; resist involvement in: to repel temptation.
- to refuse to accept or admit; reject: to repel a suggestion.
- to discourage the advances of (a person): He repelled me with his harshness.
- to cause distaste or aversion in: Their untidy appearance repelled us.
- to push back or away by a force, as one body acting upon another (opposed to attract): The north pole of one magnet will repel the north pole of another.
- to act with a force that drives or keeps away something.
- to cause distaste or aversion.
Origin of repel
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Examples from the Web for repeller
In the absence of a repeller, a smooth rounded fork handle may be employed.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
Their repeller rays were relatively weak; just strong enough to lift them about ten or twelve feet from the surface.
About half of this power reception ultimately actuated the repeller ray generators.
In the absence of a repeller a smooth, round, fork handle may be used, the prongs having been removed from the other end.Special Report on Diseases of Cattle
U.S. Department of Agriculture
- to force or drive back (something or somebody, esp an attacker)
- (also intr) to produce a feeling of aversion or distaste in (someone or something); be disgusting (to)
- to push aside; dismisshe repelled the suggestion as wrong and impossible
- to be effective in keeping away, controlling, or resistingan aerosol spray that repels flies
- to have no affinity for; fail to mix with or absorbwater and oil repel each other
- to disdain to accept (something); turn away from or spurnshe repelled his advances
- (also intr) to exert an opposing force on (something)an electric charge repels another charge of the same sign
C15: from Latin repellere, from re- + pellere to push, drive
Word Origin and History for repeller
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper