pro·​pel·​ler | \ prə-ˈpe-lər How to pronounce propeller (audio) \
variants: or less commonly propellor

Definition of propeller

: one that propels especially : a device that consists of a central hub with radiating blades placed and twisted so that each forms part of a helical surface and that is used to propel a vehicle (such as a ship or airplane)

Examples of propeller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ascendance Flight Technologies has debuted its new VTOL, with a forward propeller and fans for vertical liftoff in its wings. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2021 Banner was rescued in Florida after being severely injured by a boat propeller. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 On board, Upwell veterinarian Heather Harris examined Bumpy, noting that his old injury from a ship propeller had healed completely. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Put simply, the helicopterplane consisted of a chassis with a cockpit, engine in the rear, and a propeller at the top of the aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2021 The jacket, which has brass buttons and a belt, features an emblem of a three-blade propeller on the sleeve, which the auction house said indicates the uniform of a senior aircraftman. CNN, 30 July 2021 In the other case, a man was airlifted from the lower Keys to a Miami hospital after a boat propeller struck him in the leg., 28 July 2021 In October, an NFT of a cartoon ape wearing a propeller hat sold for $3.4 million. Emma Marris, The Atlantic, 22 Dec. 2021 Vaughn turns it into a decent set piece, and when our heroes finally approach the stone mountain, with Fiennes’ Oxford parachuting solo out of a propeller plane, Vaughn’s staging is dizzyingly effective. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 14 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of propeller

1780, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propeller

propel + -er entry 2

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The first known use of propeller was in 1780

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2 Jan 2022

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“Propeller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of propeller

: a device with two or more blades that turn quickly and cause a ship or aircraft to move


pro·​pel·​ler | \ prə-ˈpe-lər How to pronounce propeller (audio) \

Kids Definition of propeller

: a device having a hub fitted with blades that is made to turn rapidly by an engine and that causes a ship, power boat, or airplane to move

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