repel

Definitions

  • 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 Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.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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Quotations

  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.”
  • Camille Paglia
    Camille%20Paglia
    “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
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    “We are a most solitary people, and we live, repelled by one another, in the gray, outcast cities of Cain.”

Etymology

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

Usage

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
My remonstrances were sternly and pertinaciously repelled.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Or what but this can enable us to repel an invading enemy?
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Actually, we are repelled at the thought of a man who kills another deliberately.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The women rushed to the little iron balcony and watched the troops marching to repel them.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Yes, Mabel, it is probably used, like the "molasses" of other little friends we know, to repel enemies.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Renovales too remained motionless, taking care not to touch again that form which silently repelled him.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
The Conrad philosophy is harsh, unyielding, repellent.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
What can be more valuable than a personality which always attracts, never repels?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Repel boarders on the bow!
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Vespasian then ordered the regular troops to remain in camp, the assaults being repelled by the archers and slingers.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
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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

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Coating a fabric to repel fire is done during the washing and drying process or in post treatment.
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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.
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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
Two weak interaction limits for self-repellent polymers.
Weak-interaction limits for one-dimensional random polymers
On the other hand, this strategy may be entropically too costly, in particular if there is no balance between oil-repellence and water-repellence.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
In the GUE, eigenvalues are not independent but tend to ”repel” each other.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Clearly the presence of this Vandermonde determinant means that the eigenvalues of a random matrix in the GUE case are not independent, but repel each other since the measure vanish at coinciding eigenvalues.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
If we consider the case where α < 1, then the potential ǫ is positive and repels the tracer.
Perturbation theory for the effective diffusion constant in a medium of random scatterer
In Figure (5) κe is plotted as a function of T , for ρ = 0.55 and ǫ = 1, thus the scatterers repel the tracer.
Perturbation theory for the effective diffusion constant in a medium of random scatterer
This potential repels the atom from antinodes of the blue detuned field Ω ≥ Ω0 .
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Typical of the spectra obeying Wigner–Dyson statistics is that energy levels are correlated and repel each other.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Let the attracting and repelling fixed points of A be respectively denoted as Fix+ (A) and Fix− (A).
Generalized Markoff Maps and McShane's Identity
In order to get the Morse theory for RDS, the authors in introduced the definition of attractor-repeller pair for RDS.
The random case of Conley's theorem
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