1

propellant

play
adjective pro·pel·lant \-ˈpe-lənt\
variants: or less commonly

propellent

Definition of propellant

  1. :  capable of propelling

1644

First Known Use of propellant

1644


2

propellant

noun pro·pel·lant
variants: or less commonly

propellent

Definition of propellant

  1. :  something that propels: such asa :  an explosive for propelling projectilesb :  fuel plus oxidizer used by a rocket enginec :  a gas kept under pressure in a bottle or can for expelling the contents when the pressure is released

1654

First Known Use of propellant

1654


PROPELLANT Defined for English Language Learners

propellant

noun

Definition of propellant for English Language Learners

  • : a gas under pressure in a can that is used to spray out the contents when the pressure is released

  • : a fuel or an explosive substance that is used to make something (such as a rocket) go forward



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up propellant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the point at which something begins

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!