from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of upthrust.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word upthrusting.


  • In SFCave, you piloted a spacecraft through a cave with many upthrusting stalagmites and downhanging stalactites.

    - Boing Boing 2005

  • Swiftly upthrusting saplings did not arise to form an obstructing palisade in front of them, and roots failed to erupt from the bare earth to clutch at their feet.

    Kingdoms of Light Foster, Alan Dean, 1946- 2001

  • But his voice issued from a relentless mouth with a strong upthrusting lower lip and down-turned corners.

    QUEEN’S RANSOM Fiona Buckley 2000

  • A great head, a woman with cracks across her face and a crown that seemed to be made of upthrusting daggers, some still whole.

    The Path of Daggers Jordan, Robert, 1948- 1998

  • Hawks took wall - or floor-perches of tree limbs wrapped in leather, while falcons, it seemed, required perches made of upthrust sections of stump, like upthrusting rocks, but padded so that the talons of a sleeping bird had something to grip.

    Owlflight Lackey, Mercedes 1997

  • The structure, beyond repair, had been left open to the sky, a grey elegance of upthrusting stones softened by ivy and clumps of sedum.

    The Fifth Rapunzel Gill, B. M. 1991

  • Rather, it was a seamount, a volcanic upthrusting of rock from the ocean floor.

    Jurassic Park Crichton, Michael, 1942- 1991

  • What he saw upthrusting from the center of their temple was a ballistic missile.

    The Arsenal Ahern, Jerry 1988

  • Lie down at ease where leaves whisper beneath hues of upthrusting land coral; drink light and wind and sound of the river.

    The Rebel Worlds Anderson, Poul, 1926- 1972

  • Some way ahead, a mile or so, perhaps, was a great grey wall, a last huge upthrusting mass of mountain-stone.

    The Lord of the Rings Tolkien, J. R. R. 1954


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.