Examples of propulsion in a Sentence
Sailboats use wind as their source of propulsion.
Recent Examples of propulsion from the Web
Five motors — beneath a deck crisscrossed with timbers — run with two large propulsion engines driving twin screws.
The venerable adventures of consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his associate, Dr. Watson, got a jet-propulsion boost when moved to the 21st century, and Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, respectively, assumed the lead roles.
The fleet said the Fitzgerald has limited propulsion, and the ship suffered damage on the starboard side below the water line.
Lines like those show how Lorde excels at creating vignettes within songs, mini-moments that risk dampening a track’s propulsion but end up making the big picture more vivid.
But the ship's propulsion involves a lot more than raw speed.
A chemical propulsion system will get the satellite started.
Like a Tesla in space, an all-electric satellite uses electric propulsion to climb from transfer orbit to geostationary orbit and to maintain its position on station, instead of the chemical rockets used by traditional satellites.
Typically, miniature satellites don’t have propulsion systems.
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Origin and Etymology of propulsion
Latin propellere to propel
First Known Use: 1627See Words from the same year
PROPULSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of propulsion for English Language Learners
: the force that moves something forward : the force that propels something
PROPULSION Defined for Kids
Definition of propulsion for Students
1 : the act or process of propelling
2 : the force that moves something forward
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