from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To thrust out or outward.
  • n. The act of thrusting outward; in stone or steel construction, a thrust outward, as in a bridge which is not perfectly equilibrated.
  • n. A projection from a building.


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  • With a quick out-thrust of his four legs, he rolled over on his side and with questioning eyes and pricked ears looked and listened.


  • I remember the out-thrust of his protruding underlip as he glared down at the wild pigs.


  • Later that month, you stop imbibing at all, just press your lips to the out-thrust inflation device nozzle without opening it and suck.

    Beachball, Kentucky

  • He moved in front of me, blocking my way with an out-thrust chest.

    Vicious Grace

  • The soil there was stony and as I approached the end, the trees became more stunted until I stood on an out-thrust of stone where only brush grew.

    Renegade's Magic

  • He looked to me like some foul bird of prey: greed and cunning in the restless brown eyes set close together, quick resolution in the out-thrust, bony jaws and hard chin; but manifestly he had no capacity, no mind: he was meagre in all ways.

    Oscar Wilde, His Life and Confessions

  • The green-lit ball disappeared into one of the corsair's engines and it blew up, just as the out-thrust hangar doors cut off Chaison's view.

    Sun of Suns

  • Full upon Kane's out-thrust blade the creature ran, and toppled back into the red swirl below, clawing beast-like at its mortal wound.

    The Moon of Skulls

  • Wulfhere, scarred by a hundred savage fights, flung aside his wolfskin mantle and came in cautiously, fierce eyes peering over the top of his out-thrust shield, ax half-lifted in his right hand.

    People of the Dark

  • But he would “get our friend Guilfogle at recess,” he assured himself, with an out-thrust of the jaw like that of the great Bill Wrenn.

    Our Mr. Wrenn


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