Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who thrusts or stabs.
  • n. A device for propelling an object, especially a spacecraft or a ship (marine vessel).
  • n. A bow thruster.
  • n. A surfboard (usually a shortboard) with three fins of approximately equal size, one centred at the back, one on each side about 25cm forward and out near the rails.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who thrusts or stabs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who thrusts or stabs; hence, a swordsman.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft
  • n. one who intrudes or pushes himself forward

Etymologies

The surfboard sense was coined by Simon Anderson, who created the design in 1980. The name was almost immediately applied generically to any surfboard with that fin design, not just boards made by him. (He never patented the design or trademarked the name.) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Russian Hall effect thruster is one type of electric propulsion system particularly suited for near-Earth missions.

    Things We Used To Do - NASA Watch

  • Our main thruster was malfunctioning, which called for an emergency landing, and I picked the least populated area in the vicinity.

    BY THE BOOK • by Aurelio Rico Lopez III

  • CABBAGE: Apparently, the issue is with a thermostat that controls the heater on one of these so-called thruster jets that they use to keep the shuttle stable when it's docked to the space station or when it's in space and they are making inspections.

    CNN Transcript Jul 1, 2006

  • Before the carbon nanotube cathodes developed by Georgia Tech can be used on satellites, however, their lifetime will have to be increased to match that of a satellite thruster, which is typically 2,000 hours or more.

    PhysOrg.com - latest science and technology news stories

  • And ESA has also validated the concept behind the thruster, which is this double layer concept.

    Universe Today

  • Known as a "thruster," the new engine fired continuously for ten minutes in a specially constructed vacuum test chamber that simulates the space environment.

    NASA Watch: Keith Cowing: December 2008 Archives

  • " A thruster was a man who would bully and whip his way to the head of the field while riding to hounds and in doing so upset dozens of other hunters.

    Sharpe's Havoc

  • Cheng Yuechong, vice mayor of Ningbo city in the eastern province of Zhejiang and a member of the CPPCC National Committee, said the Shanghai Expo would become a "thruster" to push forward integration and development of the Yangtze River Delta region.

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  • So you need to have an external source of electrons to neutralize these ions, and that's generally done by having a second device on the side of the thruster which is called a hollow cathode device.

    Universe Today

  • His collection of 300 to 400 items includes a space shuttle tile, a thruster from a Gemini spacecraft and most unusually, a package of bread cubes that flew on Apollo 11, the lunar landing mission, as astronaut Michael Collins' food rations.

    Interest in space memorabilia soars as shuttle era ends

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