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self-propelled

[self-pruh-peld, self-]
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adjective
  1. propelled by itself.
  2. (of a vehicle) propelled by its own engine, motor, or the like, rather than drawn or pushed by a horse, locomotive, etc.
  3. (of a gun or a rocket launcher) having a vehicle as a base.
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Sometimes self-pro·pel·ling.

Origin of self-propelled

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • He was killed when he wrecked a self-propelled vehicle he was using.

    Police Operation

    H. Beam Piper

  • Electric automobiles are the most simple of all the self-propelled vehicles.

    Stories of Inventors

    Russell Doubleday

  • For some time, indeed, certain ingenious gentlemen had been carrying out a number of experiments with self-propelled carriages.

  • Armoured Car, a self-propelled car completely protected by bullet-proof armour-plating.

  • His adherence to steam as the motive power in self-propelled road vehicles has been unremitting and energetic.

    Automobile Biographies

    Lyman Horace Weeks


British Dictionary definitions for self-propelled

self-propelled

adjective
  1. (of a vehicle) provided with its own source of tractive power rather than requiring an external means of propulsion
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Derived Formsself-propelling, adjective
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