- to push forcibly; shove; put or drive with force: He thrust his way through the crowd. She thrust a dagger into his back.
- to put boldly forth or impose acceptance of: to thrust oneself into a conversation between others; to thrust a dollar into the waiter's hand.
- to extend; present: He thrust his fist in front of my face.
- Archaic. to stab or pierce, as with a sword: She thrust his back with a dagger.
- to push against something.
- to push or force one's way, as against obstacles or through a crowd.
- to make a thrust, lunge, or stab at something.
- an act or instance of thrusting; a forcible push or shove; lunge or stab.
- a lunge or stab, as with a sword.
- Mechanics. a linear reactive force exerted by a propeller, propulsive gases, etc., to propel a ship, aircraft, etc.
- Geology. a compressive strain in the crust of the earth that, in its most characteristic development, produces reverse or thrust faults.
- the main point, purpose, or essence: The thrust of his speech was an urgent appeal for votes.
- Machinery. a pushing force or pressure exerted by a thing or a part against a contiguous one.
- Architecture. the downward and outward force exerted by an arch on each side.
- an organized military attack; assault; offensive.
Origin of thrust
Related Words for thrustupshot, gist, core, impetus, momentum, lob, plunge, nudge, shove, propel, heave, sling, dig, punch, lunge, smack, poke, stab, stick, interject
Examples from the Web for thrust
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 25, 2014
Suddenly, a tall, curly haired white man appeared and thrust himself in the middle of the opposing forces.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
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
October 28, 2014
Presidents must act at least as much as they react; they must seize the initiative and thrust their enemies on the defensive.This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
September 4, 2014
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
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of thrust
A broken kitchen knife had been thrust through a bit of the paper on the box.Way of the Lawless
Viviette followed him, but he turned on her rudely and thrust her back.Viviette
William J. Locke
But mark these houses, Alleyne, how they thrust forth upon the top.
But that choice is not thrust upon us by the nature of things.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
They found her afterwards by her own hearthstone, thrust through by a Frenchman's bill.
- (tr) to push (someone or something) with force or sudden strengthshe thrust him away; she thrust it into the fire
- (tr) to force or impose upon (someone) or into (some condition or situation)they thrust extra responsibilities upon her; she was thrust into the limelight
- (tr foll by through) to pierce; stab
- (intr; usually foll by through or into) to force a passage or entrance
- (intr) to push forwards, upwards, or outwards
- (intr foll by at) to make a stab or lunge at (a person or thing)
- a forceful drive, push, stab, or lunge
- a force, esp one that produces motion
- 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
- a pressure that is exerted continuously by one part of an object, structure, etc, against another, esp the axial force by or on a shaft
- the compressive force in the earth's crust that produces recumbent folds and thrust or reverse faults
- See thrust fault
- civil engineering a force exerted in a downwards and outwards direction, as by an arch or rafter, or the horizontal force exerted by retained earth
- force, impetus, or drivea man with thrust and energy
- the essential or most forceful partthe thrust of the argument
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.
- The force that propels an object in a given direction, especially when generated by the object itself, as by an engine or rocket.