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Meaning of REPELLENT

Pronunciation:  ri'pelunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the power to repel; "she knew many repellents to his advances"
  2. [n]  a chemical substance that repels animals
  3. [n]  a compound with which fabrics are treated to repel water
  4. [adj]  incapable of absorbing or mixing with; "a water-repellent fabric"; "plastic highly resistant to steam and water"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  serving or tending to repel; "he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful"; "I find his obsequiousness repellent"

REPELLENT is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, nonabsorbent, nonabsorptive, offensive, rebarbative, repellant, repellant, repellant, repelling, resistant, revolting, skanky, unpleasant, wicked, yucky
 See Also: chemical compound, compound, insect repellant, insect repellent, insectifuge, power, powerfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*pel"lent\ (-lent), a. [L. repellens, -entis, p.
    pr. ]
    Driving back; able or tending to repel.
  2. \Re*pel"lent\, n.
    1. That which repels.
    2. (Med.) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids
       which render it tumid. --Dunglison.
    3. A kind of waterproof cloth. --Knight.