• Rudder, screw propeller and motor
    Rudder, screw propeller and motor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v propel cause to move forward with force "Steam propels this ship"
    • v propel give an incentive for action "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
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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
    • v. t Propel To drive forward; to urge or press onward by force; to move, or cause to move; as, the wind or steam propels ships; balls are propelled by gunpowder.
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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.
    • propel To drive forward; move or cause to move on; urge or press onward by force.
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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.
    • v.t Propel prō-pel′ to drive forward: to urge onward by force
    • pr.p Propel propel′ling; pa.t. and pa.p. propelled′
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. propellere, propulsum,; pro, forward + pellere, to drive. See Pulse a beating


In literature:

Generally a great wooden stern-wheel propels this strange craft, adding to the grotesqueness of the sight.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Again the propeller was revolved, and this time the engine hummed sweet.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
The plan all but succeeded; only the metal guards protecting the propellers saved them from being hopelessly jammed.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Christine's father and his assistant propelled the boat with staves.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Should a passenger's cap blow off, and come in contact with the propeller, it may be the cause of an accident.
"Learning to Fly" by Claude Grahame-White
This new propeller we illustrate here in Figs.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 647, May 26, 1888" by Various
The transmission then is: 1 turns 2, 2 turns 5, 5 turns 6, 6 turns the propeller shaft through the universal joint.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
Kepler tried to establish some propelling force emanating from the sun, like the spokes of a windmill.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
Bob had been taxying about slowly since landing, in order to keep the engine going and the propeller slowly revolving.
"The Radio Boys with the Revenue Guards" by Gerald Breckenridge
This completes the propeller and it is now ready to be fastened upon the propeller-shaft.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates

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
So swept but surviving, half drowned but still driving
I watched her head out through the swell off the shoal,
And I heard her propellers roar- "Write to poor fellers
Who run such a Hell as the North Sea Patrol!"
"The North Sea Patrol" by Rudyard Kipling
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 news:

' The kids think Propel Powder is tasty.
Lamar Odom and the Lakers hope to recapture the Staples Center mojo that propelled them to this last-second victory over Phoenix in Game 5 last round.
A Pennsylvania man who had just finished water skiing was killed Tuesday after his left leg was severely injured by a boat propeller, according to state police.
Rhode Island Fast Ferry's new propeller-driven vessel is lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than its predecessor.
Medici 's hat trick propels Brothers to finals.
"We are not just propeller heads," says president Scott Varn.
With a slew of national musical acts filling seats, and LeBron James and Chris Bosh propelling the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals, the American Airlines Arena brought in a record-breaking $60 million in revenue in 2011.
Thai Beauty Ingredients and BB Creams Propel Market Growth into 2015.
Virgin Galactic's aim is to propel publicspace travel into reality.
The FBI had been told that one of the men may have tried to buy a rocket propelled grenade, but the tip didn't pan out.
Tahlequah grad propels NSU win over Lincoln.
HOWARD LAKE, MN – With a 1940s soda fountain, an old-fashioned rope-propelled elevator, and whimsical decorations of days gone by, the Howard Lake Drug Store on Highway 12 in Howard Lake invites customers to take a step back in time.
For rockets and space vehicles, propellants usually take up 2/3 or more of their total mass.
Alanger 2S9 Nona-S Self-Propelled GunDecals are provided for one vehicle, but no unit information is included.
Blake Drilling & Work Over Company, Inc announced the decision to build two self-propelled , multi-service jackup vessels.

In science:

Systems of self propelling particles (SPP) are widely represented in the nature.
Collective Behavior of Self Propelling Particles with Kinematic Constraints; The relation between the discrete and the continuous description
Numerous attempts have been made to find a model describing the collective behavior of self propelling particles.
Collective Behavior of Self Propelling Particles with Kinematic Constraints; The relation between the discrete and the continuous description
The first class consists of the models which are usually based on the analogy with the Navier-Stokes equation, where terms describing the self propelling nature of the system are added.
Collective Behavior of Self Propelling Particles with Kinematic Constraints; The relation between the discrete and the continuous description
In their work the collective behavior of self propelling particles with respect to a change of the density and the strength of the noise was investigated.
Collective Behavior of Self Propelling Particles with Kinematic Constraints; The relation between the discrete and the continuous description
The ordered motion of self propelling particles in is described by the CVA rule, according to which at each discrete time step (labeled by n) the ith particle adjusts the direction of its velocity vi (n) to the direction of the average velocity ui (n) in its neighborhood.
Collective Behavior of Self Propelling Particles with Kinematic Constraints; The relation between the discrete and the continuous description