from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To drive back; repel.
- transitive v. To rebuff or reject with rudeness, coldness, or denial.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To cause repugnance or distaste in.
- n. The act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed.
- n. Rejection; refusal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to repel or drive back
- v. to reject or rebuff
- v. to cause revulsion
- n. the act of repulsing or the state of being repulsed
- n. refusal, rejection or repulsion
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To repel; to beat or drive back
- transitive v. To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject; to send away.
- n. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back.
- n. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat or drive back; repel: as, to repulse an assailant or advancing enemy.
- To refuse; reject.
- n. The act of repelling or driving back.
- n. The condition of being repelled; the state of being checked in advancing, or driven back by force.
- n. Refusal; denial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be repellent to; cause aversion in
- n. an instance of driving away or warding off
- v. cause to move back by force or influence
- v. force or drive back
Middle English repulsen, from Latin repellere, repuls-; see repel.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin repellere ("to drive back"), from re- ("back") + pellere ("to drive"). (Wiktionary)