- 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 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
- ambitious and having great drivea thrusting young executive
- (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.