propellant


propellant
propellant, propellent
The noun propellant, meaning ‘a thing that propels’ (especially a rocket fuel or the agent in aerosol sprays), is the more familiar word. Propellent is an adjective meaning ‘capable of driving or pushing forward’.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • propellant — fuel for a rocket engine, 1919, from PROPEL (Cf. propel) + ANT (Cf. ant) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • propellant — [prə pel′ənt, prōpel′ənt] n. a person or thing that propels; specif., a) the explosive charge that propels a projectile from a gun ☆ b) the fuel and oxidizer used to propel a rocket …   English World dictionary

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  • propellant — [[t]prəpe̱lənt[/t]] propellants 1) N MASS Propellant is a substance that causes something to move forwards. ...an enormous amount of propellant. ...a propellant for nuclear rockets. 2) N MASS Propellant is a gas that is used in spray cans to… …   English dictionary

  • propellant — /preuh pel euhnt/, n. 1. a propelling agent. 2. the charge of explosive used to propel the projectile from a gun. 3. a substance, usually a mixture of fuel and oxidizer, for propelling a rocket. 4. a compressed inert gas that serves to dispense… …   Universalium

  • propellant — UK [prəˈpelənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms propellant : singular propellant plural propellants 1) a substance used for making something move forwards, for example fuel for sending a rocket into space 2) a gas used for forcing a… …   English dictionary

  • propellant — raketinis kuras statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Raketiniuose varikliuose naudojamas medžiagų mišinys. atitikmenys: angl. propellant; rocket propellant rus. ракетное топливо …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • propellant — pro|pel|lant [prəˈpelənt] n [U and C] 1.) an explosive for firing a bullet or ↑rocket 2.) gas which is used in an ↑aerosol to ↑spray out a liquid >propellant adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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