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Physical MovementPlay
Used when describing physical objects being moved, especially by external forces. SlideThe strong currents propelled the boat away from the shore.
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Imparting EnergyPlay
Talks about energy transferred to something else, giving it momentum or acceleration. SlideHe used a paddle to propel the raft down the river.
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Directional ContextPlay
Usually involves movement in a specific direction, implies purposeful action. SlideThe player propelled the ball towards the goalpost.