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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class II. Words Relating to Space
Section IV. Motion
4. Motion with Reference to Direction

284. [Motion Given to an Object Situated in Front.] Propulsion.

   NOUN:PROPULSION, projection; propelment; vis a tergo [L.], push (impulse) [See Impulse]; jaculation, ejaculation; ejection [See Ejection]; throw, fling, toss, shot, discharge, shy.
  [SCIENCE OF PROPULSION] gunnery, ballistics, archery.
  PROPELLER, screw, twin-screws, turbine.
  MISSILE, projectile, ball, shot; spear, arrow; gun (arms) [See Arms]; discus, quoit; brickbat.
  SHOOTER, shot; archer, toxophilite; bowman, rifleman, marksman, gun [cant], gunner, good shot, dead shot, crack shot; sharpshooter (combatant) [See Combatant].
   VERB:PROPEL, project, throw, fling, cast, pitch, chuck, toss, jerk, heave, shy, hurl; flirt, fillip.
  dart, lance, tilt; ejaculate, jaculate [rare], fulminate, bolt, drive, sling, pitchfork.
  SEND; send off, let off, fire off; discharge, shoot; launch, send forth, let fly; dash.
  START; put -, set- in motion; set agoing, give a start to, give an impulse to; bundle, bundle off; impel [See Impulse]; trundle &c. (set in rotation) [See Rotation]; expel [See Ejection].
  carry one off one’s legs; put to flight.
   ADJECTIVE:propelled &c. v.; propelling &c. v.; propulsive, projectile, ballistic.
   QUOTATION:When Ajax strives some rock’s vast weight to throw.—Pope