• Repulsion of spheres
    Repulsion of spheres
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj repulsive possessing the ability to repel "a repulsive force"
    • adj repulsive so extremely ugly as to be terrifying "a hideous scar","a repulsive mask"
    • adj repulsive offensive to the mind "an abhorrent deed","the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee","morally repugnant customs","repulsive behavior","the most repulsive character in recent novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repulsive Cold; forbidding; offensive; as, repulsive manners.
    • Repulsive Serving, or able, to repulse; repellent; as, a repulsive force. "Repulsive of his might the weapon stood."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repulsive Acting so as to repel or drive away; exercising repulsion; repelling.
    • repulsive Serving or tending to deter or forbid approach or familiarity; repellent; forbidding: grossly or coarsely offensive to taste or feeling; causing intense aversion with disgust.
    • repulsive Synonyms Offensive, disgusting, sickening, revolting, shocking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Repulsive that repulses or drives off: repelling: cold, reserved, forbidding: causing aversion and disgust
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  • Tholuck
    “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
    “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
    “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
    “With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.”
  • William Blake
    “Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. répulsif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. repulsus, pa.p. of repellĕrere-, back, pellĕre, to drive.


In literature:

A later attack which was made on Neuilly yesterday was repulsed.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
Perhaps he noted a puffiness about O'Iwa's face, remembered a repulsion toward marital usages.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
It was her first repulse.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He then besieged Saint Jean d'Angely, where the garrison, commanded by Count Montgomery, also repulsed all attacks.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Mention ought also to be made of the very gallant repulse of an enemy raid by the 1st K.S.L.I.
"A Short History of the 6th Division"
On the night of the 14th, the enemy again made an attack on the water bearers, but were repulsed with loss.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
That the repulse would be given, all felt confident.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Drentell never forgot his ignominious repulse nor the wound he received at the hands of Haim Kusel.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
The bow gravity-plates slid into the repulsive-force positions.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
It gave him a sickening feeling of repulsion.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
Both are deformities and are repulsive.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
She poked Repulsive lightly.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The attack commenced about 5 a.m. Four times the enemy were led to the assault, and as many times they were repulsed.
"The History of the First West India Regiment" by A. B. Ellis
I suppose she is some strong-minded, rather repulsive, middle-aged woman.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Several times already had he sent his men to annihilate the blacks, and as many times had they been repulsed.
"The Black Phalanx" by Joseph T. Wilson
Moritz repulsed her with the deepest abhorrence, and rushed away from the house.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Column after column were hurled against each other, only to be repulsed.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
He had made love to her, and when repulsed had threatened vengeance against her father.
"Astounding Stories, June, 1931" by Various
In spite of the enemy's efforts, he was completely repulsed by ten o'clock A. M., retreating to Richmond.
"Diary of Battery A, First Regiment Rhode Island Light Artillery" by Theodore Reichardt
Rusticiana would have entered the room with Cethegus, but he repulsed her.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 1" by Felix Dahn

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:

Jewish groups around the world say they are 'repulsed' by the advertisement.
This post might be better titled Plant Repulsion, rather than Plant Lust, but our featured plant is still pretty awesome.
Attraction and Repulsion At Cock Gallery.
The German operatic innovator was repulsed by the inequalities and exploitation of capitalism.
I was repulsed at the article about the competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi.
Repulsion' Makes Deneuve Go Mad / Polanski's 1965 thriller passes test of time.
Rebels repulse Syrian tanks, civilians dodge shells (+video).
Rachel Herz unravels mystery of repulsion .
Our June cover star gets noir, channeling Catherine Deneuve in ' Repulsion ' with silks and lace.
Repulsion ' Makes Deneuve Go Mad / Polanski's 1965 thriller passes test of time.
'Your attitude is repulsive ,' judge tells man who speaks of 'no remorse' for setting fatal Sparta fire.
Lights, camera and an action that's repulsive TOM VENESKY OUTDOORS.
Chris Brown deletes Twitter feed after series of repulsive ripostes.
News Repulsive Smell Could Combat Bed Bugs, Researchers Report.
'Girls' preview: Raw, revealing and more than a little repulsive .

In science:

If we rewrite eq. (5.7) so that the Jacobian is in the exponent, it gives rise to repulsive eigenvalue correlations in the form of a logarithmic pair potential.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
Note the level repulsion factor sβ at small s.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
The typical eigenvalue repulsion in chaotic systems described by RMT can be traced to the geometrical properties of the corresponding symmetric space manifold.
Lectures on random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
This distribution can be interpreted as repulsive charges in the plane balanced by an external force N |z |.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
It is given by V0 + 2f where V0 is the repulsive potential at the south pole of the sphere of tangent directions and f is the applied stretching force.
DNA Elasticity : Topology of Self-Avoidance
The origin of the shift can be traced back to the presence of the repulsive δ interactions that have been added to the Hamiltonian to define properly the model.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
With purely repulsive sphere-sphere interactions and γ = 0◦ (linear molecules) the seven-sphere model exhibits isotropic, uniaxial nematic, smectic-A, and tilted phases.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
In case of a repulsive interaction, the situation will be different.
Directed polymers and Randomness
Hence one gets a stable nontrivial phase with a repulsive interaction in dimensions ǫ > 0 in region A.
Directed polymers and Randomness
For strong enough disorder some sites of the wall may become repulsive.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
Each lattice site on one side (x < 0) of the wall has a repulsive potential of strength V > 0.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
This approximation is motivated by the fact that the QCD interaction is repulsive between quarks in this channel and such diquark condensates have been actually known to be insignificant quantitatively .
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
Macchi, The Fermion process–a model of stochastic point process with repulsive points.
Statistics of Extreme Spacings in Determinantal Random Point Processes
It applies for example to systems of particles interacting with repulsive forces only but confined to a finite volume.
Nonaffine Correlations in Random Elastic Media
An interesting feature of this continuous transition is the connection between the ‘extendedness’ of states and the level repulsion observed on finite scales.
Random discrete Schr\"odinger operators from Random Matrix Theory