• Rudder, screw propeller and motor
    Rudder, screw propeller and motor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n propeller a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Twin screw propeller and steam engine Twin screw propeller and steam engine
Scre propeller and drive train Scre propeller and drive train
Stevens's Engine, Boiler, Screw-Propeller Stevens's Engine, Boiler, Screw-Propeller
Screw-Propeller Screw-Propeller

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dragonfly larvae develop under the water and eject water from their anus to propel them for short distances
    • Propeller A contrivance for propelling a steam vessel, usually consisting of a screw placed in the stern under water, and made to revolve by an engine; a propeller wheel.
    • Propeller A steamboat thus propelled; a screw steamer.
    • Propeller One who, or that which, propels.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: From 1836 to 1896, the Red Flag Act in England required that any self-propelled vehicle be preceded by a man carrying a red flag by day and a red lantern by night. In effect, this limited the speed to four miles per hour and retarded the development of all self-propelled vehicles, including the automobile.
    • n propeller One who or that which propels; in marine engineering, broadly, any contrivance or appliance, as a sail, paddle, oar, paddle-wheel, screw, etc., used for moving vessels floating upon the surface of water, or under the surface; in a more restricted and more generally accepted sense, any instrument or appliance, and especially a screw, used for marine propulsion and actuated by machinery (usually a steam-engine called a marine engine) carried by the vessel so propelled. A principle common to all this class of propellers is that a vessel is moved forward by the reaction on the propeller of the water thrown rearward, the propelling machinery being at some part or parts rigidly attached to the ship. The net propelling power is therefore determined by the mass of water thrown rearward multiplied into the square of the velocity with which it is thrown, allowance being made for prejudicial resistances.
    • n propeller A boat or vessel driven by a propeller.
    • n propeller In fishing, a kind of trolling-hook with artificial bait, fitted with wings or flanges to make it spin in the water; a spinning-bait.
    • n propeller See the qualifying words.
    • n propeller In electricity, in the tangential system of traction, the moving part of the system, corresponding to the rotor of an alternator, which is drawn along by the inductive action of the stator-coils between the track and thus affords motive power for the attached cars.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Robert Goddard a scientist and holder of 214 patents fired the first rocket using liquid propellant in 1926.
    • ns Propeller one who, or that which, propels: any kind of mechanism for moving a ship through the water, by a paddle-wheel, oar, screw, &c.: a vessel thus propelled: a spinning-bait
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. pro, forward, pellĕre, to drive.


In literature:

Johnny got down and went up to it, laid a hand on the propeller, where its varnish was still smooth.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
Now Hazel sprang into the water and swam to them as fast as she knew how to propel herself.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
She was even admitted into the great tube of the propeller-shaft.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
The chaser, propelled by her powerful engines, could traverse that distance, and the oil boat's additional miles, in less than two hours.
"Navy Boys Behind the Big Guns" by Halsey Davidson
These craft are propelled by two men standing one at each end like gondoliers and punting the boat along by poles.
"A Dweller in Mesopotamia" by Donald Maxwell
Then he placed the machine in a position of greater safety, but broke the propeller on a pile of hay.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
Propulsion was by an oar astern, working as the propeller of a vessel works to-day.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
We've lost our propeller!
"The Moving Picture Girls at Sea" by Laura Lee Hope
A man possessed of knowledge, he seemed to have no original propelling purpose behind him.
"A Text-Book of the History of Painting" by John C. Van Dyke
This I could control with the lateral propeller rudders.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
She had to be long, or she might not carry enough oarsmen to propel her with sufficient swiftness.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
Stacy shot up into the air as if he had been propelled from a bow gun.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
The propeller, you know, is something like an electric fan.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Christmas Tree Cove" by Laura Lee Hope
Her propellers are set in these channels, about ten feet aft of their side openings.
"History of Steam on the Erie Canal" by Anonymous
In those days steam was the only propelling power.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The plane was propelled by rockets!
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
The anchor is weighed, the propeller begins to turn, and the vessel steers a course northwards through the Bosporus.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
There was the steady fierce down-beat of the slip-stream from the vertical propellers.
"Morale" by Murray Leinster
Syracuse propeller 315 Oswego, N. Y. H. Clay ... 300 Dexter, do.
"Canada and the Canadians, Vol. 2" by Richard Henry Bonnycastle
Their propeller is, of course, a slow-speed propeller, 450 r.p.m.
"The Theory and Practice of Model Aeroplaning" by V. E. Johnson

In poetry:

And daily, seven days a week,
Before a local sense has jelled,
From talking-site to talking-site
Am jet-or-prop-propelled.
"On the Circuit" by W H Auden
And then, as by a single hand
Propelled, I saw the keen shafts fly,
And on that manly bosom land.
"This is his funeral," thought I.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
His simple shell of birchen rind,
Propell'd by skilful hands, and strong,
Down cataracts and rivers pass'd,
And over lakes, it went along.
"The Indian" by Thomas Frederick Young
No pennon stream'd from lofty mast,
No ships were there, propell'd by steam,
For then, instead of whistle blast,
Was heard the lordly eagle's scream.
"Goderich" by Thomas Frederick Young
She's met with accidents a few (which is 'er usual way);
She scraped a bowsprit off a barque in San Francisco Bay;
She's shed propeller blades an' plates wherever she 'as been . . .
An' last she's fouled 'er bloomin' screw on a German submarine!
"The Ballad Of The Eastern Crown" by Cicely Fox Smith
In Nature is no rearward step allowed.
Hard on the rock Reality do we dash
To be shattered, if the material dream propels.
The worship to departed splendour vowed
Conjured a simulacrum, wove her lash,
For the slow measure timed her peal of bells.
"Alsace-Lorraine" by George Meredith

In news:

Third-graders at Field Elementary School in Dallas helped propel their school to " exemplary " status, but unbeknownst to their parents those stellar math and reading scores came at a cost.
One tipped kick propelled the Ballston Spa football team to victory.
Two should propel the Giants' coach to the Hall of Fame.
Bluffton area schools pushed ahead to higher report card ratings for the 2011-12 academic year, helping propel growth for the Beaufort County School District as a whole.
The Hazleton Area High School senior's passion for music propelled him to the rank of first flutist at various local and state competitions.
CINCINNATI — In the final hours, President Barack Obama is scrambling to keep the spark in his relationship with base voters who helped propel him to the White House four years ago.
More optimistic consumers are propelling the economy forward, even as businesses pull back.
Carefully Plotted Course Propels Gun Case to Top.
After two years of energetic legwork and propelled by a flood of money from outside groups, Republican Andy Barr pulled off an epic upset.
Propel looks into charter school in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood section.
Hoge 's hit propels Miners past Randall.
In one year, Straw Propeller Gourmet Foods has expanded its distribution.
4 killed in rocket-propelled grenade attack on Shiite gathering in Yemen's capital.
He was killed when the enemy attacked him with a rocket propelled grenade while he was on mounted patrol, according to the Department of Defense.
Rocket-propelled leadership: An interview with the director of NASA's Stennis Space Center.

In science:

The −BrBφ stress acting on the low density matter near the disk’s inner edge rapidly removes its angular momentum, propelling it inward.
Three Dimensional MHD Simulation of Circumbinary Accretion Disks: Disk Structures and Angular Momentum Transport
The project will help propel Europe to the forefront of the next wave of ICT technology and the gathering and analysis of the data by which it will be driven.
In order to reduce the accretion rate onto the neutron star (three orders of magnitude are needed) an ADAF model has therefore to involve the presence of winds and/or the ejection of the accretion flow by the magnetic field of a rapidly rotating neutron star: the ‘propeller effect’ (Menou et al. 1999c).
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
According to Chandler & Rutledge (2000) no pulsations were observed in the system Aql X-1 in a phase of the outburst cycle where the propeller effect should be at work.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
Hydrodynamic fluctuations and instabilities in ordered suspensions of self-propelled particles.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The collective dynamics of self-propelled particles. J.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
When we take into account similar results between Hα and C iv (de Wijn and De Pontieu, 2006) it becomes obvious that chromospheric mass is propelled to the corona via the fibrils and undergoes heating appearing in successively higher temperatures (Lyα to C iv, for example).
The Structure and Dynamics of the Upper Chromosphere and Lower Transition Region as Revealed by the Subarcsecond VAULT Observations
Its constituents absorb energy from their environment or from internal fuel tanks and dissipate it by carrying out internal movements that lead to translational or rotational motion. A typical example are self-propelled particle assemblies in bacterial colonies.
The effective temperature
In the case of NSs, however, the presence of a strong magnetic field and of fast rotation may inhibit accretion because of the momentum outflow, produced by the spinning dipole, and of the propeller effect, induced by the corotating magnetosphere 2 3 .
X--ray Emission from Old, Isolated, Accreting Neutron Stars
We suggest that matter is accelerated by propeller mechanism.
Spectral study of MWC560. Parameters of the system, the hot source and the jets
Tomov et al., 1994) it is assumed that in the passive state the white dwarf accretes gas under propeller condition, while in the active state (e. g. in periastron the rate of accretion onto the magnetosphere rises and, correspondingly, the magnetosphere size is reduced) the star become the accretor.
Spectral study of MWC560. Parameters of the system, the hot source and the jets
When matter is propelled outwards from a magnetosphere, a part of it may reach the white dwarf ’s surface, thus ensuring the observed luminosity.
Spectral study of MWC560. Parameters of the system, the hot source and the jets
It is supposed that zones of sectorial gas outflow are formed around the propeller, or nonstationary gas ejection occurs when accretion is replaced by outflow.
Spectral study of MWC560. Parameters of the system, the hot source and the jets
In some propeller scenaries envelopes or disks may be formed round the magnetosphere.
Spectral study of MWC560. Parameters of the system, the hot source and the jets
Figure 5: Distribution of neutron stars at the supersonic propeller stage N3 (P ) for the model with free particle escape for the limiting period PE = 30 s.
Statistics of Neutron Stars at the Stage of Supersonic Propeller