• WordNet 3.6
    • v repel reject outright and bluntly "She snubbed his proposal"
    • v repel force or drive back "repel the attacker","fight off the onslaught","rebuff the attack"
    • v repel cause to move back by force or influence "repel the enemy","push back the urge to smoke","beat back the invaders"
    • v repel be repellent to; cause aversion in
    • v repel fill with distaste "This spoilt food disgusts me"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mosquito repellents dont really repel mozzies. They actually block the sensory pores and makes the mozzies think they're flying to a colder, dryer, more CO2 free area.
    • v. i Repel To act with force in opposition to force impressed; to exercise repulsion.
    • Repel To drive back; to force to return; to check the advance of; to repulse as, to repel an enemy or an assailant. "Hippomedon repelled the hostile tide.""They repelled each other strongly, and yet attracted each other strongly."
    • Repel To resist or oppose effectually; as, to repel an assault, an encroachment, or an argument. "He] gently repelled their entreaties."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ladybugs bleed to protect themselves. When alarmed, they release drops of a reddish or yellowish bitter tasting liquid from their mouths and from the pores at their joints. This repels prospective attackers.
    • repel To drive back; force to return; check the advance of; repulse: as, to repel an assailant.
    • repel To encounter in any manner with effectual resistance; resist; oppose; reject: as, to repel an encroachment; to repel an argument.
    • repel To drive back or away: the opposite of attract. See repulsion.
    • repel Synonyms and Decline, Reject, etc. (see refuse), parry, ward off, defeat.
    • repel To act with force in opposition to force impressed; antagonize.
    • repel In medicine, to prevent such an afflux of fluids to any particular part as would render it tumid or swollen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their brain functioning to make them feel "high." Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.
    • v.t Repel rē-pel′ to drive back: to repulse: to check the advance of, to resist
    • v.i Repel to act with opposing force:
    • n Repel that which repels
    • v.i Repel (med.) to check or drive inwards:—pr.p. repel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. repelled′
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  • William Blake
    “All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.”
  • Camille Paglia
    “If you live in rock and roll, as I do, you see the reality of sex, of male lust and women being aroused by male lust. It attracts women. It doesn't repel them.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
    “We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. repellere, repulsum,; pref. re-, re- + pellere, to drive. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Repulse Repeal


In literature:

How is it that she interests me, and yet repels me so easily?
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
She was openly and shamelessly triumphant, and yet all at once Robert ceased to be repelled by it.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He looked to them to repel the invaders.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
If you oppose this, we will repair to Leogane, we will nominate electors, and repel force by force.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The number and strength of the enemy, so far from repelling, attracted him.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
Arthur MacNair feebly repelled his assistance.
"Tales of the Chesapeake" by George Alfred Townsend
How could a man with a face so mutilated that it was grotesque, repellent, cultivate the delicate flower of friendship?
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
There are some rooms that repel; others that seem to rush forward with warm welcome.
"The Shield of Silence" by Harriet T. Comstock
He was probably repelled by their formulas and their mathematics.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
Something in Mallory always repelled me.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various

In poetry:

'Tis easy to put out a fire,
E'er to the roof its flames aspire:
As easy 'tis bad thoughts to quell,
If you will them in time repel.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
There is a dart which nothing can repel,
The grave will witness where the arrow fell;
That dart is Death! unerring is the aim,
That sends the weapon thro' this mortal frame.
"On Death" by Elizabeth Bath
O! take, then—for dangers by wisdom repell'd,
For evils, by courage and constancy brav'd—
O take! for a throne by thy counsels upheld,
The thanks of a people thy firmness has sav'd!
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning
IX. Yet come! delicious Joy! ere yet the chill
Of age repels thy influence o'er my heart,
While yet each sense responsive meets thy thrill,
Oh come! delicious Joy! all transient as thou art!
"Joy" by Sydney Owenson
Ah! let me blameless gaze upon
Features that seem in heart my own,
Nor fear those watchful sentinels
Which charm the more their glance forbids,
Chaste glowing underneath their lids
With fire that draws while it repels.
"To Eva" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The air broke into a mist with bells,
The old walls rocked with the crowd and cries.
Had I said, ``Good folk, mere noise repels—-
But give me your sun from yonder skies!''
They had answered, ``And afterward, what else?''
"The Patriot" by Robert Browning

In news:

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Water Bugs Inspire Oil- Repellent Coating.
Man Repeller ' Leandra Medine Blogs Fashion, Plans Book.
Santa Repelling From A Mall Ceiling.
That's because it doesn't just repel bugs — it kills them.
Coating a fabric to repel fire is done during the washing and drying process or in post treatment.
A benefit of PCF's Flame Repel treatments is an improvement in anti-static behavior.
Rosales repels Wie challenge.
These boots are important to the longevity of the CV, as they repel dirt and retain the grease needed to help the joint survive.
HASTINGS (AP) – A city in southeastern Minnesota is hoping to solve a vandalism problem in its parks by installing a noise machine to repel teenagers.
New repellant tricks mosquito's sense of smell .
The sheet with Advanced Teflon repels liquids, prevents staining and releases soiling caused by daily use.
In fact, it is so repellent to me that I won't even watch it.
One of the quickest, easiest ways to look completely unattractive, to actually be repellent, is to slouch.

In science:

When e∗ is saddle, particles are repelled along unstable + || < | ln |λ∗ direction.
Mechanism of synchronization in a random dynamical system
If ζ > 0, then the interface is repelled from the substrate.
Localization of a random heteropolymer onto a surface
Abstract: In this paper we present a new and flexible method to show that, in one dimension, various self-repellent random walks converge to self-repellent Brownian motion in the limit of weak interaction after appropriate space-time scaling.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
We consider two examples of a weak interaction limit: (1) vanishing self-repellence, (2) diverging step variance.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
Self-repellent random walk and Brownian motion, invariance principles, large deviations, scaling limits, universality.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers