Re·pulse v. t. [imp. & p. p. Repulsed p. pr. & vb. n. Repulsing.]
1. To repel; to beat or drive back; as, to repulse an assault; to repulse the enemy.
Complete to have discovered and repulsed
Whatever wiles of foe or seeming friend. --Milton.
2. To repel by discourtesy, coldness, or denial; to reject; to send away; as, to repulse a suitor or a proffer.
1. The act of repelling or driving back; also, the state of being repelled or driven back.
By fate repelled, and with repulses tired. --Denham.
He received in the repulse of Tarquin seven hurts in the body. --Shak.
2. Figuratively: Refusal; denial; rejection; failure.
n : an instance of driving away or warding off [syn: rebuff, snub]
v 1: force or drive back; "repel the attacker"; "fight off the
onslaught"; "rebuff the attack" [syn: repel, fight
off, rebuff, drive back]
2: be repellent to; cause aversion in [syn: repel] [ant: attract]
3: cause to move back by force or influence; "repel the enemy";
"push back the urge to smoke"; "beat back the invaders"
[syn: repel, drive, force back, push back, beat
back] [ant: attract]