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Definitions for propulsion
prəˈpʌl ʃənpropul·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. propulsionnoun

    a propelling force

  2. propulsion, actuationnoun

    the act of propelling


  1. propulsionnoun

    Force causing movement.

  2. Etymology: From propulsio, from past participle of propello

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Propulsionnoun

    The act of driving forward.

    Etymology: propulsus, Lat.

    Joy worketh by propulsion of the moisture of the brain, when the spirits dilate and occupy more room. Francis Bacon.

    The evanescent solid and fluid will scarce differ, and the extremities of those small canals will by propulsion be carried off with the fluid continually. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. propulsion

    Propulsion refers to the action or process of pushing, driving, or moving something forward, usually a vehicle or an aircraft, by using a force. This may involve different types of engines or motors that work on various scientific principles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Propulsionnoun

    the act driving forward or away; the act or process of propelling; as, steam propulsion

  2. Propulsionnoun

    an impelling act or movement

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. propulsion. See Propel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Propulsion

    prō-pul′shun, n. act of propelling: a driving forward.—adjs. Propul′sive, Propul′sory, tending or having power to propel. [Low L. propulsio—L. propellĕre, propulsum, to push forward.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of propulsion in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of propulsion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of propulsion in a Sentence

  1. Dan Roth:

    There is a burgeoning market for electric propulsion...that’s not a bad place to be if you want to learn about how to make batteries last longer and deliver more power, which could be beneficial to the development of your phones, laptops, and tablets.

  2. Pete Daly:

    The propulsion system could be valuable in other applications. You've got to keep that door open to innovation.

  3. Pete Daly:

    The high ground for the U.S. Navy is to take this and evaluate it and learn from it, the propulsion system could be valuable in other applications. You've got to keep that door open to innovation.

  4. General Motors boss Mary Barra:

    When you look at the work that we are doing to put connectivity in the vehicles ... looking at the forward looking technologies that you need in a vehicle, also all the propulsion technologies ... that is our focus, delivering the best return to our shareholders, we have the scale necessary to accomplish that.

  5. Gene Roddenberry:

    You, The audience, furnish it's propulsion. With a wondrous leap of imagination, you make it into a real spaceship that can take us into the far reaches of the galaxy and sometimes even to the depths of the human soul.

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