repellent

  • 1 Repellent — can refer to:* Insect repellent * Animal repellent …

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  • 2 repellent — repellent, repulsive Repulsive is the stronger of the two words, implying physical recoiling rather than just a feeling of disgust: • I was given some repulsive food which, by the end of the second day, I trained myself to eat Brian Aldiss, 1991… …

    Modern English usage

  • 3 repellent — or repellant [ri pel′ənt] adj. [L repellens] 1. that repels; pushing away or driving back 2. a) causing distaste, dislike, or aversion; repulsive b) causing insects, etc. to react by staying away 3. able to resist the absorption of liquid, esp.… …

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  • 4 repellent — re·pel·lent /ri pe lənt/ n: a method used to avoid or discourage a hostile corporate takeover Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. repellent …

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  • 5 repellent — (also repellant) ► ADJECTIVE 1) able to repel or impervious to a particular thing: water repellent nylon. 2) causing disgust or distaste. ► NOUN 1) a substance that deters insects or other pests. 2) a substance used to treat something to make it… …

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  • 6 Repellent — Re*pel lent ( lent), a. [L. repellens, entis, p. pr. ] Driving back; able or tending to repel. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Repellent — Re*pel lent, n. 1. That which repels. [1913 Webster] 2. (Med.) A remedy to repel from a tumefied part the fluids which render it tumid. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] 3. A kind of waterproof cloth. Knight. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 8 repellent — also repellant, 1640s, from L. repellentem, prp. of repellere (see REPEL (Cf. repel)). Originally of medicines (that reduced tumors); meaning distasteful, disagreeable first recorded 1797. The noun sense of substance that repels insects first… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 repellent — *repugnant, abhorrent, distasteful, obnoxious, invidious Analogous words: *offensive, loathsome, repulsive, revolting Antonyms: attractive: pleasing Contrasted words: alluring, charming, captivating, bewitching (see under ATTRACT): enticing,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 Repellent — Als Repellent (von lat. repellere „vertreiben“, „zurückstoßen“) – auch Repellens, Repulsivstoff oder Vergrämungsmittel – wird ein Wirkstoff bezeichnet, der von einem Organismus über den Geruchssinn wahrgenommen wird und der diesen abschreckt,… …

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  • 11 Repellent — Re|pẹl|lent 〈n. 15〉 chem. Mittel, das der Abschreckung u. dem Fernhalten von Schädlingen dient, ohne sie zu töten; Sy Abwehrstoff (2) [engl.; zu repel „abschrecken“] * * * Re|pẹl|lens, Re|pẹl|lent [engl. repellent = abstoßend, zurücktreibend… …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 12 repellent — re|pel|lent1 [rıˈpelənt] adj very unpleasant →↑repulsive ▪ She found him physically repellent. repellent to ▪ The sight of blood is repellent to some people. repellent 2 repellent2 repellant n [U and C] a substance that keeps insects away… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 repellent — [[t]rɪpe̱lənt[/t]] repellents (The spelling repellant is also used for meaning 2.) 1) ADJ GRADED If you think that something is horrible and disgusting you can say that it is repellent. [FORMAL] ...a very large, very repellent toad... She still… …

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  • 14 repellent — I adj. repellent to II n. an insect, mosquito repellent * * * [rɪ pelənt] mosquito repellent an insect repellent to …

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  • 15 repellent — I UK [rɪˈpelənt] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms repellent : singular repellent plural repellents a substance that keeps insects or other animals away a mosquito repellent II UK [rɪˈpelənt] / US adjective formal something that is… …

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  • 16 repellent — 1. Capable of driving off or repelling; repulsive. 2. An agent that drives away or prevents annoyance or irritation by insect pests. 3. An astringent or other agent that reduces swelling. [L. re pello, pp. pulsus, to drive back] * * * re·pel·lent …

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  • 17 repellent — re|pel|lent1 [ rı pelənt ] noun count or uncount a substance that keeps insects or other animals away: a mosquito repellent repellent re|pel|lent 2 [ rı pelənt ] adjective FORMAL something that is repellent is so unpleasant that you want to avoid …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 repellent — 1 adjective 1 nasty or very unpleasant: Stories about famous villains can be both repellent and fascinating. 2 water repellent water repellent material does not let water pass through it 2 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 repellent — I. adjective also repellant Etymology: Latin repellent , repellens, present participle of repellere Date: 1643 1. serving or tending to drive away or ward off often used in combination < a mosquito repellent spray > 2. arousing aversion or… …

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  • 20 repellent — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun Repellent is used after these nouns: ↑insect, ↑mosquito {{Roman}}II.{{/Roman}} adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ find sb/sth ADVERB ▪ …

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