pro·​pul·​sive | \ prə-ˈpəl-siv How to pronounce propulsive (audio) \

Definition of propulsive

: tending or having power to propel propulsive force

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Their spiky sound was founded on a basic punk template of urgent guitar lines and propulsive drumming, but was made distinct by contrasting vocals provided by Carrie Brownstein (pictured) and Corin Tucker. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 These multiple personalities narrate the book in dizzying and propulsive fashion, demonstrating just how much Ada’s identity is fractured by the voices in her head. The Atlantic, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 28 June 2019 Like the original, The Testaments strikes a balance between propulsive storytelling and dark references to both past and present. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Let's Break Down the Most Mysterious Parts of The Testaments, With a Little Help From Margaret Atwood," 10 Sep. 2019 None, though, deny that whether for good or ill, the benefit of society or himself, Levandowski has played a propulsive role in the development of self-driving tech. Wired, "How Anthony Levandowski Put Himself at the Center of an Industry," 29 Aug. 2019 The act, which is known for a dynamic performance style and propulsive dance tracks, debuted on the Billboard charts earlier this year with the release of their Treasure EP.2: Zero in January. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "K-Pop Group ATEEZ Signs With RCA Records: Exclusive," 24 July 2019 But the lack of novelty wouldn’t be a problem if the team behind this reboot had managed to recreate the witty, propulsive feel of the movie. Judy Berman, Time, "Four Weddings and a Funeral," 24 July 2019 And that doesn’t always work as well as that propulsive central mystery did in season one, when the show was still a miniseries. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies episode 6, “The Bad Mother,” tries to show why women don’t report abuse," 15 July 2019 While a typical amateur might produce between 700 and 900 Newtons of ground force with their legs, Kovacs says the most propulsive pros can generate upwards of 1500. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH," 12 July 2019

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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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