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Syllabification: pro·pul·sion
Pronunciation: /prəˈpəlSHən

Definition of propulsion in English:


The action of driving or pushing forward: they dive and use their wings for propulsion under water
More example sentences
  • The propulsion and power systems are controlled from the Machinery Control Room.
  • This kick has more forward propulsion and causes the hips to rise, just like in butterfly.
  • In electric traction, the first inventions for propulsion of vehicles were by battery-stored power.
thrust, motive force, impetus, impulse, drive, driving force, actuation, push, pressure, power


early 17th century (in the sense 'expulsion'): from medieval Latin propulsio(n-), from Latin propellere 'drive before (oneself)'.



Example sentences
  • A box-like structure on the propeller shaft, the thrust bearing transfers propulsive force from the propeller shaft to the hull of the ship.
  • The propulsive beat went with the bad roads, wild driving and free-form mix of human and animal passengers.
  • A propulsive charge sends the shell into the air.

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