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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The duo, composed of Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob, takes their sound far from the Grand Rapids, Michigan, home studio where the album was recorded and infuse a propulsive pop sound to their roots-rock sensibilities. Bryan Kress, Billboard, "In The Valley Below Announce New Album & Release 'Desperate Dance' Video: Exclusive," 10 July 2018 Directed with elan and a New Orleans flavor by Dawn M. Simmons, and featuring buoyantly propulsive choreography by Jean Appolon, with a vibrant cast that includes Davron S. Monroe as the Wiz and Salome Smith as Dorothy., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 15 June 2018 At a party, as the guests gossip about Marnie, short motifs get a propulsive, repetitive energy reminiscent of the music of John Adams. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018 Capernaum has strangely propulsive quality to it, though the plot is relatively slight. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki Visits Some of the Most Miserable Places on Earth—And Turns It Into Art," 14 Dec. 2018 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

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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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The first known use of propulsive was in 1648

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