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.
- screw-pro·pelled, adjective
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How to use screw propeller in a sentence
In fact, the Lycian design is a fair representation of the modern screw propeller, and gives the idea of a whirling motion.The Swastika | Thomas Wilson
The first ship fitted with the screw propeller was called the "Archimedes."Great Facts | Frederick C. Bakewell
The best steamers, therefore, are fitted with the twin-screw propeller.The Story of Great Inventions | Elmer Ellsworth Burns
Professor Greenhill has advanced in our pages a new theory of the screw propeller.
These were the building of iron instead of wooden ships and the replacing of the paddle wheel by the screw propeller.Sinking of the Titanic | Various
British Dictionary definitions for screw propeller
an early form of ship's propeller in which an Archimedes' screw is used to produce thrust by accelerating a flow of water
- screw-propelled, adjective
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