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screw propeller

  1. a rotary propelling device, as for a ship or airplane, consisting of a number of blades that radiate from a central hub and are so inclined to the plane of rotation as to tend to drive a helical path through the substance in which they rotate.
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Origin of screw propeller

First recorded in 1830–40
Related formsscrew-pro·pelled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for screw propeller

Historical Examples of screw propeller

  • Ericsson began the construction of a screw-propeller in a bath-room.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

  • This term generally alludes to the Archimedean screw, or screw-propeller.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Trevithick's claim to the invention of the screw-propeller was disputed.

  • With the screw-propeller in its present form we may close our story of the boat.

    Stories of Useful Inventions

    Samuel Eagle Foreman

  • She was a screw-propeller, and rigged as a fore-topsail schooner.

    North-Pole Voyages

    Zachariah Atwell Mudge

British Dictionary definitions for screw propeller

screw propeller

  1. an early form of ship's propeller in which an Archimedes' screw is used to produce thrust by accelerating a flow of water
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Derived Formsscrew-propelled, adjective
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