- propelled by itself.
- (of a vehicle) propelled by its own engine, motor, or the like, rather than drawn or pushed by a horse, locomotive, etc.
- (of a gun or a rocket launcher) having a vehicle as a base.
Origin of self-propelled
First recorded in 1895–1900
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