verb (used with object), thrust, thrust·ing.
verb (used without object), thrust, thrust·ing.
Origin of thrust
Examples from the Web for thrust
But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive|Peter Schwartzstein|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thrust into a world of seemingly supernatural monsters, his adventure begins.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero|Regina Lizik|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Presidents must act at least as much as they react; they must seize the initiative and thrust their enemies on the defensive.
Volcanoes spewed lava and ash, ocean floors were thrust upward, sand and rock and shale settled into slurry.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Were you ever in love with acting, or was it just something that you were thrust into at an early age?Jenny Lewis on 'The Voyager,' the End of Rilo Kiley, and High School Classmate Angelina Jolie|Marlow Stern|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The colonel had thrust the skeleton of John out of the passage.A Romance of the West Indies|Eugne Sue
Eventually he was thrust from his high position by an intrigue set on foot by German courtiers and backed by foreign influence.Memoirs of Leonora Christina|Leonora Christina Ulfeldt
Then, out into view beneath me, was thrust a slim ivory hand which held an electric pocket lamp.Tales of Secret Egypt|Sax Rohmer
She thrust the volume into the desk, turned the key, and burst out crying with shame and vexation.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
And in the first place, by what right did you thrust yourself into our dwelling, if you're not a spirit?The Man With The Broken Ear|Edmond About
British Dictionary definitions for thrust
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
Word Origin and History 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.