• WordNet 3.6
    • adj repellent incapable of absorbing or mixing with "a water-repellent fabric","plastic highly resistant to steam and water"
    • adj repellent highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust "a disgusting smell","distasteful language","a loathsome disease","the idea of eating meat is repellent to me","revolting food","a wicked stench"
    • adj repellent serving or tending to repel "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful","I find his obsequiousness repellent"
    • n repellent the power to repel "she knew many repellents to his advances"
    • n repellent a chemical substance that repels animals
    • n repellent a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
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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.
    • Repellent A kind of waterproof cloth.
    • Repellent (Med) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid.
    • a Repellent Driving back; able or tending to repel.
    • Repellent That which repels.
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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.
    • repellent Having the effect of repelling, physically or morally; having power to repel; able or tending to repel; repulsive.
    • repellent Specifically, capable of repelling water; water-proof: as, repellent cloth or paper.
    • n repellent In medicine, an agent which is used to prevent or reduce a swelling. Astringents, ice, cold water, etc., are repellents.
    • n repellent A kind of water-proof cloth.
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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 Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.
    • adj Repellent driving back: able or tending to repel
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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. repellens, -entis, p. pr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. repellĕrere-, back, pellĕre, to drive.


In literature:

Then the life of my own wealthy and cultured class became repellent to me, for it had lost all meaning whatever.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
It is a figure that at once fascinates and repels.
"Old and New Masters" by Robert Lynd
Their natures were electrically repellent, but from which did the greater force radiate?
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
Antonyms: repellent, repugnant, unattractive.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
I wish to know nothing, for mysticism repels me.
"The Gloved Hand" by Burton E. Stevenson
It had been discovered by the Martians that their planet, like a magnet, had both the power of attracting and repelling.
"Zarlah the Martian" by R. Norman Grisewood
The purity of woman is doubly attractive, and sensuality in her becomes doubly offensive and repellent.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
The thought of all the tender preparation made for the girl was both amusing and repellent.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There was something unspeakably repellent to her in its toadlike advance.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
But something in her eyes, cold, unready, yet aware of him, repelled him.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Rejoice, rejoice, Humanity!
The fell, destructive, sore Disease,
The pest of ages, now can be,
Repell'd with safety and with ease.
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
'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
Not so when the passions assail,
No longer by reason confin'd;
For what shall her barriers avail,
To repel the rude waves of the mind.
"A Summer's Evening's Contemplation" by Elizabeth Bath
The Danish king could not in all his pride
Repel the ocean tide,
But, seated in this chair, I can in rhyme
Roll back the tide of Time.
"Ultima Thule: From My Arm-Chair" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The kindly Earl repelled the notion;
His noble bosom heaved a sigh,
His fingers trembled with emotion,
A tear stood in his mild blue eye:
"Little Oliver" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Grim hunger from the village comes—
He enters through the city arch:
Go meet him with your pikes and drums!
Repel him with your iron march!
"Bread" by Ernest Jones

In news:

Supermarkets are seeing a steep sales increase in mosquito repellents and other bug-control products in the wake of heightened consumer awareness of the mosquito-born West Nile virus.
Chase is being a wimp about repelling down the side of the Franklin Exchange building (it's really really really tall), so I bet him that if we raised $5,000 he'd have to do it.
Rebels repel Gaddafi loyalists in battle for key Libyan oil port.
The Perfect 'Murphy' Repellant .
Is the Toyota Prius theft repellent .
Bug repellent for supercomputers proves effective.
VICTORVILLE, Calif — An Arizona man has been sentenced to three years in prison for spraying a sheriff's deputy in the face with bear repellent during a Southern California desert traffic stop.
Clarkson researchers develop versatile oil- repellent technology.
Hannah Montana Coon Repellent .
But cheap ultrasonic devices advertised as bedbug repellents don't work, scientists say.
Congo rebels push on after repelling counter-attack.
The Super Quad -Blaster with Strobe from Bird-X repels unwanted birds using ultrasonic sound paired with a flashing strobe.
Santa decided to visit a mall in London and for the second year in a row his beard got tangled in the rope as he was repelling down, to light the Christmas tree.
They repel water and float, and can absorb more than 34 times their weight in liquid.
Refills fit all ThermaCELL mosquito repellent models.

In science:

Coulomb repelling energy per an electron can be taken as a constant of the system.
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
In this simple model, the potential energy of the system relative to the average repelling energy of electrons is produced by the sites having one or two electrons.
A simple model for describing a lattice with a double occupancy
As we increase that parameter from very small values, neighboring levels begin to repel, and the NNS distribution of the GOE is approached.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
In the dynamics literature regular Cantor sets are usually defined as repellers of smooth expanding maps.
Moreira's Theorem on the arithmetic sum of dynamically defined Cantor sets
The existence of Markov partitions allows to realize such repellers as attractors of iterated function systems of a more general kind (i.e. “graph directed” ones).
Moreira's Theorem on the arithmetic sum of dynamically defined Cantor sets