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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Repel


REPEL', verb transitive [Latin repello; re and pello, to drive.]

1. to drive back; to force to return; to check advance; as, to repel an enemy or an assailant.

Hippomedon repell'd the hostile tide.

And virtue may repel though not invade.

2. To resist; to oppose; as, to repel an argument.

REPEL', verb intransitive

1. To act with force in opposition to force impressed. Electricity sometimes attracts and sometimes repels.

2. In medicine, to check an afflux to a part of the body.