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also pro·pel·lent  (prə-pĕl′ənt)
1. Something, such as an explosive charge or a rocket fuel, that propels or provides thrust.
2. A compressed inert gas, such as a fluorocarbon, that acts as a vehicle for discharging the contents of an aerosol container.
Serving to propel; propelling.


(prəˈpɛlənt) or


1. (General Physics) something that provides or causes propulsion, such as the explosive charge in a gun or the fuel in a rocket
2. (General Physics) the gas used to carry the liquid droplets in an aerosol spray
able or tending to propel


(prəˈpɛl ənt)

1. a propelling agent.
2. the charge of explosive used to propel the projectile from a gun.
3. a substance, usu. a mixture of fuel and oxidizer, for propelling a rocket.
4. a compressed inert gas that serves to dispense the contents of an aerosol container when the pressure is released.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propellant - any substance that propels
substance - a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties; "shigella is one of the most toxic substances known to man"
rocket fuel, rocket propellant, rocket propellent - an explosive charge that propels a rocket
compressed gas - gas at a high pressure that can be used as a propellant
Adj.1.propellant - tending to or capable of propelling; "propellant fuel for submarines"; "the faster a jet plane goes the greater its propulsive efficiency"; "universities...the seats of propulsive thought"
dynamic, dynamical - characterized by action or forcefulness or force of personality; "a dynamic market"; "a dynamic speaker"; "the dynamic president of the firm"


propellent [prəˈpelənt] Npropulsor m; (= aerosol etc) → propelente m


, propellent
nTreibstoff m; (in spray can) → Treibgas nt


[prəˈpɛlənt] n (in rocket) → propellente m
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A few words of caution: Shotshells use, generally, very fast propellants and launch heavy payloads.
Also, double-base propellants contain nitroglycerine, so the propellant granules will adhere to the plastic tube, and you will have to scrape them loose to completely empty the measure.
The new version from Amphastar Pharmaceuticals uses hydrofluoroalkane propellants, which are legal under U.S.
Van Dresar, "Radio frequency mass gauging of propellants," US Patent NASA/TM-2007-214907, 2007.
Generally, the propellants used in these mid-sized cases are in the medium-burn-rate range and are reasonably easy to ignite.
Aerosol propellants are categorized into varied types based on their functionalities, such as DME, HFC, HFO, other hydrocarbons, and others.
The new line of cooking sprays offers a variety of flavour notes and smoke points, without using propellants, perfect for a variety of cooking needs.
The other service consists of robotic refueling -- transfer of liquid propellants from the servicer to the client allowing the satellite to continue use of its own propulsion and attitude control subsystems.
Cryogenic propellants are gasses chilled to subfreezing temperatures and condensed to form highly combustible liquids, providing high-energy propulsion solutions critical to future, long-term human exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit.
Cryogenic propellants, such as liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, have been traditionally used to provide the enormous thrust needed for large rockets and NASA's space shuttle.
Even someone as enthusiastic as me cannot claim to have tried every one of those propellants. I can say I've used the majority of them at one time or another and to one degree or the other.

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