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propel +‎ -ant

Noun edit

propellant (countable and uncountable, plural propellants)

  1. anything that propels
    1. fuel, oxidizer, reaction mass or mixture for one or more engines (especially internal combustion engines or jet engines) that is carried within a vehicle prior to use
    2. the compressed gas in a pressurised container (especially an aerosol can) that is used to expel its content
    3. the explosive (cordite, gunpowder, etc) found in ammunition cartridges

Synonyms edit

  • (fuel, oxidizer): prop (abbreviation)

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Adjective edit


  1. Alternative spelling of propellent

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Verb edit


  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of prōpellō