Definitions for: Thrust


[n] a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow); "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"
[n] the act of applying force to propel something; "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
[n] a thrusting blow with a knife
[n] verbal criticism; "he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians"
[n] the force used in pushing; "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines"
[v] impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably; "She forced her diet fads on him"
[v] penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
[v] push forcefully; "He thrust his chin forward"
[v] make a thrusting forward movement
[v] press or force; "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"
[v] push upward; "The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air"



Webster (1913) Definition: Thrust, n. & v.
Thrist. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Thrust, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrust; p. pr. & vb. n.
Thrusting.] [OE. ?rusten, ?risten, ?resten, Icel. ?r?st? to
thrust, press, force, compel; perhaps akin to E. threat.]
1. To push or drive with force; to drive, force, or impel; to
shove; as, to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or
with an instrument.

Into a dungeon thrust, to work with slaves.
--Milton.

2. To stab; to pierce; -- usually with through.

To thrust away or from, to push away; to reject.

To thrust in, to push or drive in.

To thrust off, to push away.

To thrust on, to impel; to urge.

To thrust one's self in or into, to obtrude upon, to
intrude, as into a room; to enter (a place) where one is
not invited or not welcome.

To thrust out, to drive out or away; to expel.

To thrust through, to pierce; to stab. ``I am eight times
thrust through the doublet.'' --Shak.

To thrust together, to compress.


Thrust, v. i.
1. To make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon; as, a
fencer thrusts at his antagonist.

2. To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.

And thrust between my father and the god. --Dryden.

3. To push forward; to come with force; to press on; to
intrude. ``Young, old, thrust there in mighty concourse.''
--Chapman.

To thrust to, to rush upon. [Obs.]

As doth an eager hound Thrust to an hind within some
covert glade. --Spenser.


Thrust, n.
1. 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.

[Polites] Pyrrhus with his lance pursues, And often
reaches, and his thrusts renews. --Dryden.

2. An attack; an assault.

One thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism. --Dr.
H. More.

3. (Mech.) 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.

4. (Mining) The breaking down of the roof of a gallery under
its superincumbent weight.

Thrust bearing (Screw Steamers), a bearing arranged to
receive the thrust or endwise pressure of the screw shaft.


Thrust plane (Geol.), the surface along which dislocation
has taken place in the case of a reversed fault.

Syn: Push; shove; assault; attack.

Usage: Thrust, Push, Shove. Push and shove usually
imply the application of force by a body already in
contact with the body to be impelled. Thrust, often,
but not always, implies the impulse or application of
force by a body which is in motion before it reaches
the body to be impelled.

Synonyms: drive, driving force, force, hurl, hurtle, jab, jabbing, knife thrust, lunge, pierce, poke, poking, push, push up, shove, squeeze, stab, stuff, thrusting

See Also: actuation, barge, blow, boost, center punch, compel, criticism, dart, dig, drive, empale, firewall, force, force, gesture, gore, horn, impale, impetus, impulse, impulsion, jab, jut, jut out, lance, move, obligate, oblige, peg, penetrate, perforate, poke, pound, prod, project, propulsion, protrude, punch, push, push forward, ram, ram down, shoulder, spike, stab, stick, stick, stick out, sting, thrust ahead, transfix, tusk, unfavorable judgment

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat



Related Resources:
animals beginning with l
animlas that start with y