repulsion

Definitions

  • Repulsion of spheres
    Repulsion of spheres
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n repulsion the act of repulsing or repelling an attack; a successful defensive stand
    • n repulsion intense aversion
    • n repulsion the force by which bodies repel one another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repulsion A feeling of violent offence or disgust; repugnance.
    • Repulsion The act of repulsing or repelling, or the state of being repulsed or repelled.
    • Repulsion (Physics) The power, either inherent or due to some physical action, by which bodies, or the particles of bodies, are made to recede from each other, or to resist each other's nearer approach; as, molecular repulsion; electrical repulsion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n repulsion The act of repelling or driving back, or the state of being repelled; specifically, in physics, the action which two bodies exert upon each other when they tend to increase their mutual distance: as, the repulsion between like magnetic poles or similarly electrified bodies.
    • n repulsion The act of repelling mentally; the act of arousing repellent feeling; also, the feeling thus aroused, or the occasion of it; aversion.
    • n repulsion In biology, conspicuous unlikeness in the color or markings of allied species which inhabit the same locality.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Repulsion act of repulsing or driving back: state of being repelled: aversion: the action by which bodies or their particles repel each other
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Quotations

  • Tholuck
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    “There is not a more repulsive spectacle than on old man who will not forsake the world, which has already forsaken him.”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
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    “Life may change, but it may fly not; Hope may vanish, but can die not; Truth be veiled, but still it burneth; Love repulsed, -- but it returneth.”
  • Claude A. Helvetius
    Claude A. Helvetius
    “Harsh counsels have no effect; they are like hammers which are always repulsed by the anvil.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
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    “The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”
  • William Blake
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    “Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. repulsio,: cf. F. répulsion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. repulsus, pa.p. of repellĕrere-, back, pellĕre, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

At all points they were repulsed with terrible slaughter.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
Hiram's harsh, repulsive tone and manner haunted her.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 1, July, 1863" by Various
A man stood in front of him, whose appearance was very repulsive.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
At the sound of the boy's voice the half-breed turned quickly and his repulsive reddish-brown face fell sullenly.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
These attacks were repulsed without difficulty.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
Falls of sandstone and limestone are repulsive to both theologians and scientists.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
The Bolo made his long expected night attack January 29, in conjunction with his drive on the Vaga, and was easily repulsed.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Just a month after the repulse of the iron-clads from Drewry's Bluff, the bold and daring "Pamunkey Raid" still further aided in this effect.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Sherman's repulse had shown that Vicksburg could not be taken from the water side.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The garrison enjoyed a long period of repose in consequence of this spirited repulse of the enemy.
"Our Soldiers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Their force comprised about a brigade; but the French repulsed all attacks.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
Moreover this touch of a not repulsive worldliness in her sapped some of my scruples.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Take your own time about it, for I am sure that I can safely trust a man to whom the idea of debt is so repulsive.
"The Masked Bridal" by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
It was apparently the same repulsive force that had driven back the waters.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
The ardor of the female is not always much less, but she uses coquetry, pretending to resist, and simulates repulsion.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The fighting had almost ceased, and the enemy were handsomely repulsed.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
The enemy was repulsed at all points, he continued, thanks be to God!
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Sullenness is repulsive and hateful.
"Talkers" by John Bate
After this repulse, which was the most serious the Portuguese had sustained in India, Albuquerque returned to Cochin.
"Rulers of India: Albuquerque" by Henry Morse Stephens
After a repulse of a desperate attack the troops began to retire, and accomplished the movement without trouble.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
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In poetry:

There's also a power of repulsion
That breathes with abated breath,
Whose presence is best betokened
By ominous signs of death.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
A selfish, terrible monster
That drives away honor and truth
Is the cold-blooded fiend Repulsion,
The destroyer of tender youth.
"The Desirable Undefined" by Jared Barhite
Though her lips are vague as fancy
In her youth—
They bloom vivid and repulsive
As the truth.
Even vases in the making
Are uncouth.
"Seen From The "L"" by Djuna Barnes
Your sort of gorgeousness,
Dark and lustrous
And skinny repulsive
And poppy-glossy,
Is the gorgeousness that evokes my most puzzled admiration.
"Turkey-Cock" by D H Lawrence
The rocks do not so cruelly
Repulse the waves continually,
As she my suit and affection;
So that I am past remedy,
Whereby my lute and I have done.
"My Lute Awake" by Thomas Wyatt
Where, by remorse impell'd, repulsed by fears,
Shall wretched Fancy a retreat explore?
She flies the sad presage of coming years,
And sorrowing dwells on pleasures now no more.
"Elegy XVII. He Indulges the Suggestions of Spleen.-- An Elegy to the Winds" by William Shenstone

In news:

The Tennessee Titans have a repulsive name (video).
UWAIT CITY, Feb 11 — A recorded message apparently made by Osama bin Laden called on Muslims today to repulse any United States attempt to invade Iraq, urging them to apply the lessons learned by Al Qaeda, his terror network.
Set in the author's real life stomping grounds of Southern Indiana, Mike Adams effectively spins tales that both repulse and entertain in Toilet Bowl Soup: Redneck Tales from the Armpit of America, our beloved tri-state.
Most toxic items are repulsive, pushing you away.
Repulsive Creatures Unworthy Of Attention.
While this category was initially going to be "Most repulsive venue bathroom," it just didn't seem right bestowing that honor on anyone now that Ronny's isn't throwing shows anymore.
The Battle of Verdun was one of the most famous, bloodiest, costliest battles in World War I The battle had a repulsive cause.
Apparently, there's no living creature so repulsive that some kind-hearted soul won't feed it.
This 50-year-old apartment in Repulse Bay was given a modern renovation and decorated with prints from Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami.
'Your attitude is repulsive,' judge tells man who speaks of 'no remorse' for setting fatal Sparta fire.
Timothy admits in his book that before he lived as a gay man for a year the idea of being around homosexuals repulsed him, but now he says all homophobia is gone.
Quiznos has occasionally offended and repulsed with its past TV advertising, but even the chain that did "2 girls 1 sub" ought to reject this speculative ad made by independent commercial director Jeffrey McCarthy.
It has come to our attention that a certain male grooming trend—we'll call it the Neck Beard—can be physically repulsive to members of the opposite sex.
Jon Caramanica Is Not Repulsed by LimoLand, Surprisingly.
When women sniffed "fear sweat," they opened their eyes wide in a scared expression, while those smelling sweat from disgusted men scrunched their faces into a repulsed grimace.
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In science:

Giacomin (2002) Enhanced interface repulsion from quenched hard-wall randomness.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Giacomin (2001) Entropic repulsion and the maximum of the two-dimensional harmonic crystal.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Zeitouni (1995) Entropic repulsion of the lattice free field.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Deuschel (1996) Entropic repulsion of the lattice free field.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Giacomin (2003) On the repulsion of an interface above a correlated substrate.
Repulsion of an evolving surface on walls with random heights
Also, when D is large enough, the interactions between the excitons are entirely repulsive, so that the exciton gas is stable against collapse (see, e.g., Ref.[21,22]).
Superfluidity of "dirty" indirect excitons in coupled quantum wells
Then, it is easy to realize that a zero with a positive (negative) slope is an attractive (repulsive) fixed point for the field evolution.
Dynamical Relaxation of the Dark Matter to Baryon Ratio
Of course, the Coulomb repulsion acts most strongly on the f-states.
Calculation of Optical Conductivity of YbB$_{12}$ using Realistic Tight-Binding Model
Therefore, for high ℓ, the correlations between Maxwell multipoles also limit to the form (12), apparently by a power law. g (R) exhibits quadratic repulsion at the origin with a small maximum of 1.0531 at R = 1.4985, and thereafter approaches 1 exponentially.
Correlations between Maxwell's multipoles for gaussian random functions on the sphere
In this limit, the 2-point function of Maxwell multipoles is therefore constant (there is no correlation) apart from a tiny repulsion region near each multipole.
Correlations between Maxwell's multipoles for gaussian random functions on the sphere
This is analogous to the closely related system of a one-component plasma on the sphere , whose 2-point correlation function, in the thermodynamic limit, approaches a constant apart from repulsion very near the origin.
Correlations between Maxwell's multipoles for gaussian random functions on the sphere
They thus represent repulsions from the origin.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
They are the terms which simulate negative mass by contributing repulsion and actually exist outside the reference sphere of radius r. I mention one more effect from the correction.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
The behavior in region II can be deduced from known results of the density of states for a quantum particle in the presence of obstacles (repulsive impurities).
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
The above theorem states that the archetypical repulsion of eigenvalues of Hermitian random matrices is exhibited amongst the kN largest eigenvalues, in the large N limit.
The largest eigenvalue of small rank perturbations of Hermitian random matrices
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