verb (used with object), thrust, thrust·ing.
verb (used without object), thrust, thrust·ing.
Origin of thrust
Examples from the Web for counter-thrust
Historical Examples of counter-thrust
Their combined blocks were instantaneous in action; their counter-thrust was nearly so.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
This was intended as a counter-thrust, and it created a wider breach in the enemy's camp.Stones of the Temple
Both outward thrust of expanding life and counter-thrust of threatened life are equally normal phenomena.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
Then came a counter-thrust, quickly followed by a counter parry, with no advantage to either.The Free Lances
Amid such bouts of thrust and counter-thrust, the affair of Capt'n Davy and Mrs. Quiggin nevertheless made due progress.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
verb thrusts, thrusting or thrust
- a propulsive force produced by the fluid pressure or the change of momentum of the fluid in a jet engine, rocket engine, etc
- a similar force produced by a propeller
- the compressive force in the earth's crust that produces recumbent folds and thrust or reverse faults
- See thrust fault
Word Origin for thrust
late 12c., from Old Norse þrysta "to thrust, force," from Proto-Germanic *thrustijanan, perhaps from PIE *trud- "push, press" (see threat), but OED finds this derivation doubtful. The noun is recorded from 1510s; figurative sense of "principal theme, aim, point, purpose" is recorded from 1968.