from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To push or drive quickly and forcibly. See Synonyms at push.
- transitive v. To issue or extend: poplars thrusting their branches upward; thrust out his finger.
- transitive v. To force into a specified condition or situation: She thrust herself through the crowd. He was thrust into a position of awesome responsibility.
- transitive v. To include or interpolate improperly.
- transitive v. To force on an unwilling or improper recipient: "Some have greatness thrust upon them” ( Shakespeare).
- transitive v. Archaic To stab; pierce.
- intransitive v. To shove something into or at something else; push.
- intransitive v. To pierce or stab with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive v. To force one's way.
- n. A forceful shove or push.
- n. A driving force or pressure.
- n. The forward-directed force developed in a jet or rocket engine as a reaction to the high-velocity rearward ejection of exhaust gases.
- n. A piercing movement made with or as if with a pointed weapon; a stab.
- n. The essence; the point: The whole thrust of the project was to make money.
- n. Architecture Outward or lateral stress in a structure, as that exerted by an arch or vault.
- n. An attack or assault, especially by an armed force.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point.
- n. A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)
- n. The force generated by propulsion, as in a jet engine.
- n. The primary effort; the goal.
- v. To make advance with force.
- v. To force something upon someone.
- v. To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To push or drive with force; to drive, force, or impel; to shove.
- transitive v. To stab; to pierce; -- usually with through.
- intransitive v. To make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon.
- intransitive v. To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.
- intransitive v. To push forward; to come with force; to press on; to intrude.
- n. A violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon moved in the direction of its length, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a stab; -- a word much used as a term of fencing.
- n. An attack; an assault.
- n. The force or pressure of one part of a construction against other parts; especially (Arch.), a horizontal or diagonal outward pressure, as of an arch against its abutments, or of rafters against the wall which support them.
- n. The breaking down of the roof of a gallery under its superincumbent weight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In geology, a compressive strain in the crust of the earth, which, in its most characteristic development, produces reversed or thrust faults.
- n. In marine engineering, the force exerted endwise on a propeller shaft to drive a vessel ahead.
- n. Abbreviation of thrust-bearing, thrust-block, or thrust-box.
- n. See the extract.
- To push forcibly; shove; force: as, to thrust a hand into one's pocket, or one's feet into slippers; to thrust a stick into the sand: usually followed by from, in, off, away, or other adverb or preposition.
- Figuratively, to drive; force; compel.
- To press; pack; jam.
- To stab; pierce.
- To protrude; cause to project.
- To push forward; advance, in space or time.
- To stick out; protrude.
- To force out.
- Synonyms Thrust is stronger. more energetic, than push or drive, and represents a more dignified act than shove. No other distinction really exists among these words.
- To push or drive with or as with a pointed weapon.
- To push one's self; force a way or passage.
- To crowd, or assemble in crowds; press in; throng.
- To rush; make a dash.
- n. A violent push or drive, as with a pointed weapon pushed in the direction of its length, or with the hand or foot, or with an instrument; a stab; as a term of fence, in general, any attack by a fencer with a point.
- n. Attack; assault.
- n. In mech., the stress which acts between two contiguous bodies, or parts of a body, when each pushes the other from itself.
- n. In coal-mining, a crushing of the pillars caused by excess of weight of the superincumbent rocks, the floor being harder than the roof.
- n. The white whey which is the last to leave the curd under pressure.
- n. An obsolete or dialectal form of thirst.
- n. See thurse and thrush.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a thrusting forward movement
- n. the act of applying force to propel something
- v. place or put with great energy
- v. penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
- n. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
- v. push forcefully
- v. force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock
- n. the force used in pushing
- n. a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
- n. verbal criticism
- v. impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
- v. press or force
- v. push upward
Middle English thrusten, from Old Norse thrȳsta; see treud- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse þrysta. (Wiktionary)