repelling


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re·pel

 (rĭ-pĕl′)
v. re·pelled, re·pel·ling, re·pels
v.tr.
1. To ward off or keep away; drive back: repel insects.
2. To offer resistance to; fight against: repel an invasion.
3. To refuse to accept or submit to; reject: a company that was trying to repel a hostile takeover.
4. To refuse to accept (someone); spurn.
5. To cause aversion or distaste in: Your rudeness repels everyone. See Synonyms at disgust. See Usage Note at repulse.
6. To be resistant to; be incapable of absorbing or mixing with: Oil repels water.
7. Physics To present an opposing force to; push back or away from by a force: Electric charges of the same sign repel one another.
v.intr.
1. To offer a resistant force to something.
2. To cause aversion or distaste: behavior that repels.

[Middle English repellen, from Old French repeller, from Latin repellere : re-, re- + pellere, to drive; see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

re·pel′ler n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.repelling - highly offensiverepelling - highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust; "a disgusting smell"; "distasteful language"; "a loathsome disease"; "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me"; "revolting food"; "a wicked stench"
offensive - unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"
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Upon placing the magnet erect, with its attracting end towards the earth, the island descends; but when the repelling extremity points downwards, the island mounts directly upwards.
To explain the manner of its progress, let A B represent a line drawn across the dominions of Balnibarbi, let the line C D represent the loadstone, of which let D be the repelling end, and C the attracting end, the island being over C: let the stone be placed in position C D, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D.
And he took no further notice of anything, but sat there motionless, without repelling the animals further.
And try letting yourself be carried away by your feelings, blindly, without reflection, without a primary cause, repelling consciousness at least for a time; hate or love, if only not to sit with your hands folded.
Radiant virtue sat upon his brow and his repelling hands expressed horror of contamination.
Other attendants there were of a different description; two or three large and shaggy greyhounds, such as were then employed in hunting the stag and wolf; as many slow-hounds of a large bony breed, with thick necks, large beads, and long ears; and one or two of the smaller dogs, now called terriers, which waited with impatience the arrival of the supper; but, with the sagacious knowledge of physiognomy peculiar to their race, forbore to intrude upon the moody silence of their master, apprehensive probably of a small white truncheon which lay by Cedric's trencher, for the purpose of repelling the advances of his four-legged dependants.
And all my captors were in the village at the op-posite edge of the mesa repelling an attack of Hooja's horde!
'Security forces are repelling the Taliban attack on some parts of Kunduz city.
BEIRUT -- The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured a new town in the Idlib Governorate on Sunday after repelling a heavy assault by the jihadist rebels at a nearby hilltop.
In off Najran, dozens of the Saudi army mercenaries were killed and injured in repelling their infiltration attempt and ambushes targeted them in al-Shabaka in al-Ajasher.
"While repelling the attack, Syrian government forces killed over 120 terrorists and destroyed five tanks, three IFV, nine off-road vehicles, a multiple-launch rocket system and two mortars," Kupchishin said.
This new topcoat offers enhanced corrosion protection by actively repelling water from the coated surface.