- The definition of a thrust is the act of pushing with force.
An example of thrust is a fish being expelled from the ocean by a strong wave.
- Thrust is defined as to quickly push with force.
- An example of thrust is to move forward as a crowd entering a stadium.
- An example of thrust is to force one's self into a conversation.
transitive verb, thrust′ing
- to push with sudden force; shove; drive
- to pierce; stab
- to force or impose (oneself or another) upon someone else or into some position or situation
- to interject or interpose (a remark, question, etc.)
- to extend, as in growth: the tree thrusts its branches high
Origin of thrustMiddle English thrusten, thristen from Old Norse thrysta from Indo-European an unverified form treud-, to squeeze, push from source threat, Classical Latin trudere, to thrust
- to push or shove against something
- to make a thrust, stab, or lunge, as with a sword
- to force one's way (into, through, etc.)
- to extend, as in growth
- the act of thrusting; specif.,
- a sudden, forceful push or shove
- a lunge or stab, as with a sword
- any sudden attack
- continuous pressure of one part against another, as of a rafter against a wall
- the driving force of a propeller in the line of its shaft
- the forward force produced in reaction to the gases escaping rearward from a jet or rocket engine
- forward movement; impetus: the thrust of machine technology
- energy; drive
- the basic meaning or purpose; point; force: the thrust of a speech
- Geol. an almost horizontal fault in which the hanging wall seems to have been pushed upward in relation to the footwallin full thrust fault
verbthrust, thrust·ing, thrusts
- To push or drive quickly and forcefully: thrust a pole into the ground. See Synonyms at push.
- To cause to project or extend: poplars thrusting their branches upward; thrust out his finger.
- a. To force into a specified condition or situation: He was thrust into a position of awesome responsibility.b. To force or impose on an unwilling or improper recipient: “Some have greatness thrust upon them” ( Shakespeare )
- Archaic To stab; pierce.
- To shove something into or at something else: thrust at his opponent's chest with a foil.
- To grow or extend upwards: “The cathedral … thrust up suddenly, much taller than the surrounding houses” ( Leonard Michaels )
- To force one's way; press forward: “I watched a young hare thrust through periwinkle under the window” ( Sam Pickering )
- a. A forceful shove or push: inserted the key with a thrust.b. A lunge or stab.
- a. A driving force or pressure.b. The forward-directed force developed in a jet or rocket engine as a reaction to the high-velocity rearward ejection of exhaust gases.c. Outward or lateral stress in a structure, as that exerted by an arch or vault.
- a. The essential meaning; the point: the general thrust of his remarks.b. The central purpose or objective: The whole thrust of the project was to make money.
- A forceful movement, especially an advance or attack by an armed force.
Origin of thrustMiddle English thrusten from Old Norse thrésta ; see treud- in Indo-European roots.
- (fencing) An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point.
- Pierre was a master swordsman, and could parry the thrusts of lesser men with barely a thought.
- A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)
- The cutpurse tried to knock her satchel from her hands, but she avoided his thrust and yelled, "Thief!"
- The force generated by propulsion, as in a jet engine.
- Spacecraft are engineering marvels, designed to resist the thrust of liftoff, as well as the reverse pressure of the void.
- (figuratively) The primary effort; the goal.
- Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.
(third-person singular simple present thrusts, present participle thrusting, simple past and past participle thrust or thrusted)
- (intransitive) To make advance with force.
- We thrust at the enemy with our forces.
- To force something upon someone.
- I asked her not to thrust the responsibility on me.
- To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.
- He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.
- To push or drive with force; to shove.
- to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument
- To stab; to pierce; usually with through.
From Old Norse Ã¾rysta.