verb (used with object), thrust, thrust·ing.

verb (used without object), thrust, thrust·ing.


Nearby words

  1. thruout,
  2. thrupenny bit,
  3. thruppence,
  4. thruput,
  5. thrush,
  6. thrust augmentation,
  7. thrust bearing,
  8. thrust fault,
  9. thrust stage,
  10. thruster

Origin of thrust

1125–75; Middle English thrusten, thrysten (v.) < Old Norse thrȳsta to thrust, force, press

Related formscoun·ter·thrust, nounpre·thrust, noun, verb (used with object), pre·thrust, pre·thrust·ing.un·thrust, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thrusting



ambitious and having great drivea thrusting young executive


verb thrusts, thrusting or thrust

(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
  1. a propulsive force produced by the fluid pressure or the change of momentum of the fluid in a jet engine, rocket engine, etc
  2. 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
  1. the compressive force in the earth's crust that produces recumbent folds and thrust or reverse faults
  2. 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

C12: from Old Norse thrysta; related to Latin trūdere; see intrude

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Word Origin and History for thrusting



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.

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Science definitions for thrusting



The force that propels an object in a given direction, especially when generated by the object itself, as by an engine or rocket.
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