Definitions

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

  • Thrist.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • My Ballpark frank plumps when it cooks, Hoey. *wink, wink, hip thrust, hip thrust*

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  • His main thrust is that the economy and business are the most important aspects of a society.

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  • Jennifer Merin: "Air Guitar Nation's main thrust is fun, and it's a blast and a half of that."

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  • Unless the main thrust is satire (which it doesn't appear to be) then I'd choose something memorable but abstract - the old latin dictionary is useful for this sort of thing and I found 'Aequus', meaning level, fair & just?

    Idle Dream No. 94

  • Its main thrust is that life cannot be classified in terms of a simple neurological ladder, with human beings at the top; it is more accurate to talk of different forms of intelligence, each with its own strengths and weaknesses.

    If Pigs Could Swim

  • Of course the main thrust is to improve our social programmes -- to bring them up-to-date, to give people today's skills for today's jobs, to enable them to make the transition from dependence to independence.

    A New Framework for Economic Policy

  • Its main thrust is to fill the gaps in self-reliance, promote the social well being of the poorest sections and secure fuller utilization of capacities already created.

    Democracy in India

  • He has also undercut his own campaign's main thrust, which is that he would reinvigorate the state's business climate and create jobs, the editorial said.

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  • The one that hit Sumatra was what we call a thrust quake, where you have one plate moving over another, and that's what causes the jolt in the sea floor, and that causes a jolt in the water column and generates the tsunami.

    CNN Transcript Jun 15, 2005

  • The thrust of his post, if "thrust" is the right word -- his heart doesn't really seem to be in it -- is that I am banning opinion that conflicts with mine.

    Archive 2009-05-01

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