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 repelling
The following extracts are quoted from the press of China, upon the subject of repelling the Ti-pings from Shanghae.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh|Augustus F. Lindley
Glittering and glassy, they sparkled like ice—clear, sarcastic and repelling—and oh, how cold!The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I|Susanna Moodie
"Perhaps he prizes it for its own sake," Mrs. Gould said in a tone as if she were repelling an undeserved aspersion.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard|Joseph Conrad
That full-blooded, powerful temperament is the only nature capable of repelling the action of time.Beatrix|Honore de Balzac
She had no intimates of her own sex; with the women she was courteously distant, repelling and rather despising them.Desert Conquest|A. M. Chisholm
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.