Historically (late Middle English) meant "expel, drive out". Borrowing from Latin propellō, from pro- (“forward”) and pellō (“I push, I move”).
propel (third-person singular simple present propels, present participle propelling, simple past and past participle propelled)
- To cause to move in a certain direction.
- 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter V
- When it had advanced from the wood, it hopped much after the fashion of a kangaroo, using its hind feet and tail to propel it, and when it stood erect, it sat upon its tail.
- To make to arrive to a certain situation or result.
- 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 265e.
- I can discern your nature and see that even without any arguments (logoi) from me it will propel you to what you say you are drawn towards,
to cause to move in a certain direction
to make to arrive to a certain situation or result
From English propeller.
- IPA(key): /propɛl/, [pʰʁ̥oˈpɛlˀ]
propel c (singular definite propellen, plural indefinite propeller)
- propeller (mechanical device used to propel)