propellant
I. adjective also propellent Date: 1644 capable of propelling II. noun also propellent Date: 1814 something that propels: as a. an explosive for propelling projectiles b. fuel plus oxidizer used by a rocket engine c. a gas kept under pressure in a bottle or can for expelling the contents when the pressure is released

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • propellant — index impetus Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • propellant — fuel for a rocket engine, 1919, from PROPEL (Cf. propel) + ANT (Cf. ant) …   Etymology dictionary

  • propellant — ► NOUN 1) a compressed fluid in which the active contents of an aerosol are dispersed. 2) an explosive that fires bullets from a firearm. 3) a substance used to provide thrust in a rocket engine. ► ADJECTIVE (also propellent) ▪ capable of… …   English terms dictionary

  • propellant — [prə pel′ənt, prōpel′ənt] n. a person or thing that propels; specif., a) the explosive charge that propels a projectile from a gun ☆ b) the fuel and oxidizer used to propel a rocket …   English World dictionary

  • Propellant — A propellant is a material that is used to move ( propel ) an object. This will often involve a chemical reaction. It may be a gas, liquid, plasma, or, before the chemical reaction, a solid.Common chemical propellants consist of a fuel, like… …   Wikipedia

  • propellant — [[t]prəpe̱lənt[/t]] propellants 1) N MASS Propellant is a substance that causes something to move forwards. ...an enormous amount of propellant. ...a propellant for nuclear rockets. 2) N MASS Propellant is a gas that is used in spray cans to… …   English dictionary

  • propellant — /preuh pel euhnt/, n. 1. a propelling agent. 2. the charge of explosive used to propel the projectile from a gun. 3. a substance, usually a mixture of fuel and oxidizer, for propelling a rocket. 4. a compressed inert gas that serves to dispense… …   Universalium

  • propellant — UK [prəˈpelənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms propellant : singular propellant plural propellants 1) a substance used for making something move forwards, for example fuel for sending a rocket into space 2) a gas used for forcing a… …   English dictionary

  • propellant — raketinis kuras statusas T sritis chemija apibrėžtis Raketiniuose varikliuose naudojamas medžiagų mišinys. atitikmenys: angl. propellant; rocket propellant rus. ракетное топливо …   Chemijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • propellant — pro|pel|lant [prəˈpelənt] n [U and C] 1.) an explosive for firing a bullet or ↑rocket 2.) gas which is used in an ↑aerosol to ↑spray out a liquid >propellant adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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