pro·​pul·​sive | \prə-ˈpəl-siv \

Definition of propulsive 

: tending or having power to propel propulsive force

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This propulsive, energetic work for string quartet, flute and clarinet/bass clarinet pits the instruments against each other, as well as in occasional harmony. Melinda Bargreen, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Chamber Music Society debuts an ear-boggling piece by a ‘Dark Knight’ composer," 17 July 2018 That’s certainly a necessary step for a series that still has three more movies to go and currently isn’t proceeding at a particularly propulsive rate. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Even for the Harry Potter hardcore, Crimes of Grindelwald is one convoluted movie," 8 Nov. 2018 Merrill Nisker's punky, propulsive electro-pop would sound right at home on the radio with today's bops, while Lady Gaga might as well owe her a check for her performative outfits and stage shows. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Riot Fest 2017 preview: 8 acts to see and what songs to know," 13 Sep. 2017 His propulsive Tex-Mex music is a dancer’s delight. George Varga,, "Spring arts 2018: 10 things to watch in music this season," 25 Mar. 2018 This Royal Oak group is unveiling a debut EP showcasing its sensibility for cinematic rock, propulsive rhythms and sweet melodies. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Free summer festivals deliver the sounds," 7 June 2018 Sandoval won’t have any high-profile guests when he and his propulsive quintet perform here — and that’s a good thing. George Varga,, "Bayside Summer Nights concert series will feature fireworks galore, plus a few rock and R&B legends," 28 June 2018 His version of Copland’s Sonata, the finest large-scale work for piano ever composed by an American, is a miracle of sympathetic comprehension, by turns rhythmically propulsive and warmly, expansively lyrical. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Maestro at the Piano," 26 June 2018 The new one’s the most violent, but also the least propulsive, with a deliberate, lurching, stop-and-start rhythm and subpar digital photography. Michael Phillips, kansascity, "In ‘First Purge’ prequel, there’s no avoiding politics or buckets of blood," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of propulsive

1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for propulsive

Latin propulsus, past participle of propellere

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