verb (used with object), thrust, thrust·ing.
verb (used without object), thrust, thrust·ing.
Origin of thrust
Related Words for thrustinglob, plunge, nudge, shove, propel, heave, sling, dig, punch, lunge, smack, poke, stab, stick, interject, elbow, jab, sink, force, clip
Examples from the Web for thrusting
Contemporary Examples of thrusting
A century ago, miscalculation was greatly to blame for thrusting Europe into a conflagration.Mideast War in Our Time?
May 31, 2013
Thrusting his 12-string guitar above his head, he unintentionally sent it ripping through the ceiling.Speed Read: 11 Most Shocking Moments From Pete Townshend’s ‘Who I Am’
October 8, 2012
One could say the company is thrusting the terms “blue balls” and “cool balls” in our face.USA Today’s Ballsy Move Draws Attention to Newspaper’s Relaunch
September 17, 2012
Like America at the turn of the century, a thrusting India today is a gold mine for a muckraking journalist.India's Muckraker-in-Chief
January 29, 2011
Historical Examples of thrusting
He drew the cane out of the sand, thrusting the stick down in its stead.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
"Yes, it is," said Letty breathlessly, thrusting it in and shutting the bag.Tiverton Tales
In one bound Hilary was at the door slide, thrusting it open.Slaves of Mercury
Present, in his thrusting course, showed a bold and mighty arm.Y Gododin
Miss Burgoyne and her donkey were thrusting their heads in at the half door.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ
Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
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.