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also pro·pel·lor  (prə-pĕl′ər)
A device for propelling an aircraft or boat, consisting of a spinning shaft with radiating angled blades that thrust air or water in the direction opposite the desired direction of travel.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.propellor - a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or waterpropellor - a mechanical device that rotates to push against air or water
airplane propeller, airscrew, prop - a propeller that rotates to push against air
vane, blade - flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
hub - the central part of a car wheel (or fan or propeller etc) through which the shaft or axle passes
mechanical device - mechanism consisting of a device that works on mechanical principles
screw propeller, screw - a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
variable-pitch propeller - propeller for which the angle of the blades is adjustable
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Gazing at the clouds, now far beneath, the girl experienced the sensation of hanging stationary in mid-heaven; but the whirring of her propellor, the wind beating upon her, the high figures that rose and fell beneath the glass of her speedometer, these told her that her speed was terrific.
And so she drove her motor forward again and then with her firm, white teeth set in grim determination she drove the steering lever far down to port with the intention of forcing the nose of her craft straight into the teeth of the wind, and the wind seized the frail thing and toppled it over upon its back, and twisted and turned it and hurled it over and over; the propellor raced for an instant in an air pocket and then the tempest seized it again and twisted it from its shaft, leaving the girl helpless upon an unmanageable atom that rose and fell, and rolled and tumbled--the sport of the elements she had defied.
The cancellations have come as a result of a technical issue on one of their ships, with one of the two propellor shafts not functioning.
The creel boat had suffered a tangled propellor 28 miles west of the fishing port at about noon.
The group were travelling to Amble aboard the boat 'Sigimae' on Sunday when its propellor malfunctioned and were left drifting in the water just north of Newbiggin-bethe-Sea.
Later that afternoon, the Propellor | Speednic (a combination of "speed" and "picnic") will bring an invitation-only crowd of film, tech, and startup execs from 24 companies, including Cinetic, Mubi, Arri, Festival Scope, and El Sur Films, to explore the challenges of innovation and ways it can be applied in the film industry.
AN elderly woman died after she fell from a canal barge and her jacket got tangled in the propellor.
It was a beautiful clear day and the twin propellor Dash 8 aircraft gave a smooth landing.
RESCUE workers towed two people to safety on a 25-foot yacht off the coast of Anglesey yesterday after it had problems with its propellor.
On one wall is a two-blade propellor from a Spitfire or Hurricane, on the other a propellor from a 1935 Hawker Hind light bomber.