• Repulsion of spheres
    Repulsion of spheres
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v repulse force or drive back "repel the attacker","fight off the onslaught","rebuff the attack"
    • v repulse cause to move back by force or influence "repel the enemy","push back the urge to smoke","beat back the invaders"
    • v repulse be repellent to; cause aversion in
    • n repulse an instance of driving away or warding off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repulse Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.
    • Repulse The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back. "By fate repelled, and with repulses tired.""He received in the repulse of Tarquin seven hurts in the body."
    • Repulse To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject; to send away; as, to repulse a suitor or a proffer.
    • Repulse To repel; to beat or drive back; as, to repulse an assault; to repulse the enemy. "Complete to have discovered and repulsed Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repulse To beat or drive back; repel: as, to repulse an assailant or advancing enemy.
    • repulse To refuse; reject.
    • n repulse The act of repelling or driving back.
    • n repulse The condition of being repelled; the state of being checked in advancing, or driven back by force.
    • n repulse Refusal; denial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Repulse rē-puls′ to drive back: to repel: to beat off: to refuse, reject
    • n Repulse the state of being repulsed or driven back: the act of repelling: refusal
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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
L. repulsus, p. p. of repellere,. See Repel


In literature:

Repulse here would be ruin.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This first disastrous repulse was within twenty-five minutes after the opening of the battle.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
He named them Admiralty Islands, and after two attacks, found himself forced to employ fire-arms to repulse the natives.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Fighting took place well into the night, the enemy being repulsed at Boncelles twice.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
Repulsed on the right, they tried the left.
"World's War Events, Vol. II" by Various
The result was a rude repulse, with the loss of nearly 100 men killed and wounded.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
The very shapes of the mountains are rugged, harsh, and repulsive.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The first attempt to take this stronghold was repulsed, whereupon the British settled down to a regular siege.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Within was a repulsive-looking, whitish-brown paste.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
They now repulsed the minister.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton

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:

'Girls' preview: Raw, revealing and more than a little repulsive .
Repulsive Creatures Unworthy Of Attention.
Melissa McCarthy Talks About Being ' Repulsive ' in GQ: Who's the Funniest Female Comedian.
The Tennessee Titans have a repulsive name (video).
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.
Repulsive Creatures Unworthy Of Attention.
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.
Unfortunately, when the leaves fall off the trees and green hills turn bare, neighborhoods are often left with piles of ugly, repulsive trash and dump sites.
This video is repulsive so watch it in HD for good measure.
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.
League-leading Iron Mountain repulsed a Mid-Peninsula Conference volleyball challenge from Manistique on Thursday.
The first film in English for both director Roman Polanski and star Catherine Deneuve, the still-terrifying Repulsion renders language and explanation nearly superfluous.
Okay, once again, as I did back in March, I'll be the guy to ask if Ravens fans are the least bit interested in the most repulsive player known to the NFL.
It's more repulsive than funny.

In science:

Note that as α decreases, the range of repulsions increases as well, so that the “effective” size of the particle grows.
Phase Behavior of a Simple Model for Membrane Proteins
Thus, there is a quadratic repulsion between zeros.
SU(1,1) Random Polynomials
Therefore, the Fermion system is stable even if it is free from the repulsive interaction.
Bose-Einstein condensation and superfluidity of dilute Bose gas in a random potential
Similarly, one can investigate various regimes of eigenvalue repulsion in the complex plane by looking at small-distance behaviour of the nearest neighbour distance distribution.
Random Matrices close to Hermitian or unitary: overview of methods and results
The main features of the potential are the hardcore repulsion and the short-ranged attraction which give rise to thermal phase transitions.
Clusters in Simple Fluids