Thrust a pole into the ground.
- A sudden, forceful push or shove.
- A lunge or stab, as with a sword.
- Any sudden attack.
The thrust of machine technology.
He was thrust into a position of awesome responsibility.
Poplars thrusting their branches upward; thrust out his finger.
An example of thrust is a fish being expelled from the ocean by a strong wave.
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.
Thrust at his opponent's chest with a foil.
Inserted the key with a thrust.
The general thrust of his remarks.
The whole thrust of the project was to make money.
The thrust of a speech.
He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.
To thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument.
The tree thrusts its branches high.
Other Word Forms
Origin of thrust
- Middle English thrusten from Old Norse thrȳsta treud- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old Norse þrysta.