The paper airplane propelled quickly toward the ground.
An example of to propel is to throw a paper airplane through the air.
transitive verb-·pelled′, -·pel′ling
Origin of propelMiddle English propellen from Classical Latin propellere from pro-, forward + pellere, to drive: see felt
transitive verbpro·pelled, pro·pel·ling, pro·pels
- To cause to move forward or onward. See Synonyms at push.
- To cause to develop or progress: a misunderstanding that propels the story forward.
Origin of propelMiddle English propellen from Latin prōpellere prō- forward ; see pro- 1. pellere to drive ; see pel-5 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present propels, present participle propelling, simple past and past participle propelled)
Historically (late Middle English) meant "expel, drive out". From Latin propellÅ, from pro- "forward" and pellÅ (“push, move").