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Princeton's WordNet

  1. push, thrustnoun

    the force used in pushing

    "the push of the water on the walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines"

  2. stab, thrust, knife thrustnoun

    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

    "one strong stab to the heart killed him"

  3. drive, thrust, driving forcenoun

    the act of applying force to propel something

    "after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

  4. thrustnoun

    verbal criticism

    "he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians"

  5. jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrust, thrustingverb

    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

    "he warned me with a jab with his finger"; "he made a thrusting motion with his fist"

  6. thrustverb

    push forcefully

    "He thrust his chin forward"

  7. thrust, stuff, shove, squeezeverb

    press or force

    "Stuff money into an envelope"; "She thrust the letter into his hand"

  8. lunge, hurl, hurtle, thrustverb

    make a thrusting forward movement

  9. force, thrustverb

    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

    "She forced her diet fads on him"

  10. pierce, thrustverb

    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

  11. thrustverb

    force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

  12. thrust, push upverb

    push upward

    "The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air"

  13. throw, thrustverb

    place or put with great energy

    "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"


  1. thrustnoun

    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.

  2. thrustnoun

    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!"

  3. thrustnoun

    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.

  4. thrustnoun

    The primary effort; the goal.

    Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.

  5. thrustverb

    To make advance with force.

    We thrust at the enemy with our forces.

  6. thrustverb

    To force something upon someone.

    I asked her not to thrust the responsibility on me.

  7. thrustverb

    To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.

    He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.

  8. Etymology: From þrysta.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thrustnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Zelmane hearkening to no more, began with such witty fury to pursue him with blows and thrusts, that nature and virtue commanded him to look to his safety. Philip Sidney.

    That thrust had been mine enemy indeed,
    But that my coat is better than thou know’st. William Shakespeare.

    Polites Pyrrhus, with his lance, pursues,
    And often reaches, and his thrusts renews. Dryden.

    There is one thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism. Henry More, Divine Dialogues.

  2. To Thrustverb

    Etymology: trusito, Lat.

    Thrust in thy sickle and reap. Rev. xiv. 15.

    They should not only not be thrust out, but also have estates and grants of their lands new made to them. Edmund Spenser.

    When the king comes, offer him no violence,
    Unless he seek to thrust you out by force. William Shakespeare.

    Lock up my doors; and when you hear the drum,
    Clamber not you up to the casements then,
    Nor thrust your head into the publick streets. William Shakespeare.

    When the ass saw the angel, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crusht Balaam’s foot. Num. xxii. 22.

    On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes. 1 Sam. xi. 2.

    She caught him by the feet; but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. 2 Kings iv. 27.

    Thou shalt stone him that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord. Deut. xiii. 10.

    The prince shall not take of the people’s inheritance, by oppression to thrust them out. Isa. xlvi. 18.

    Thou Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. Luke x. 15.

    The sons of Belial shall be as thorns thrust away. 2 Sam.

    Rich, then lord chancellor, a man of quick and lively delivery of speech, but as of mean birth so prone to thrust forwards the ruin of great persons, in this manner spake. John Hayward.

    In hate of kings shall cast anew the frame,
    And thrust out Collatine that bore their name. Dryden.

    To justify his threat, he thrusts aside
    The croud of centaurs; and redeems the bride. Dryden.

    Phineas thrust both of them through. Num. xxv. 8.

    He thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of it. Judg. vi. 38.

    We make guilty of our disasters, the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Who’s there, I say? How dare you thrust yourselves
    Into my private meditations? William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I go to meet
    The noble Brutus, thrusting this report
    Into his ears. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Should he not do as rationally, who, upon this assurance, took physick from any one who had taken on himself the name of physician, or thrust himself into that employment. John Locke.

  3. To Thrustverb

    I’ll be a Spartan while I live on earth;
    But when in heav’n, I’ll stand next Hercules,
    And thrust between my father and the god. Dryden.

    Not all,
    Who like intruders thrust into their service,
    Participate their sacred influence. Nicholas Rowe.

    Young, old, thrust there,
    In mighty concourse. George Chapman, Odyssey.

    The miserable men which shrunk from the work were again beaten forward, and presently slain, and fresh men still thrust on. Richard Knolles, Hist of the Turks.


  1. Thrust

    Thrust is a reaction force described quantitatively by Newton's third law. When a system expels or accelerates mass in one direction, the accelerated mass will cause a force of equal magnitude but opposite direction on that system. The force applied on a surface in a direction perpendicular or normal to the surface is also called thrust. Force, and thus thrust, is measured using the International System of Units (SI) in newtons (symbol: N), and represents the amount needed to accelerate 1 kilogram of mass at the rate of 1 meter per second per second. In mechanical engineering, force orthogonal to the main load (such as in parallel helical gears) is referred to as thrust.


  1. thrust

    Thrust is a force that pushes or propels an object forward along its direction of motion. It is typically generated by engines, motors, or propulsion systems, and is commonly associated with the movement of vehicles, aircraft, rockets, or other propelled objects through fluid or space. The magnitude and direction of thrust determine the speed and trajectory of the object.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrust


  2. Thrust

    of Thrust

  3. Thrustverb

    to push or drive with force; to drive, force, or impel; to shove; as, to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument

  4. Thrustverb

    to stab; to pierce; -- usually with through

  5. Thrustverb

    to make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon; as, a fencer thrusts at his antagonist

  6. Thrustverb

    to enter by pushing; to squeeze in

  7. Thrustverb

    to push forward; to come with force; to press on; to intrude

  8. Thrustnoun

    a violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon moved in the direction of its length, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a stab; -- a word much used as a term of fencing

  9. Thrustnoun

    an attack; an assault

  10. Thrustnoun

    the force or pressure of one part of a construction against other parts; especially (Arch.), a horizontal or diagonal outward pressure, as of an arch against its abutments, or of rafters against the wall which support them

  11. Thrustnoun

    the breaking down of the roof of a gallery under its superincumbent weight


  1. Thrust

    Thrust is a reaction force described quantitatively by Newton's second and third laws. When a system expels or accelerates mass in one direction, the accelerated mass will cause a force of equal magnitude but opposite direction on that system. The force applied on a surface in a direction perpendicular or normal to the surface is called thrust. In mechanical engineering, force orthogonal to the main load is referred to as thrust.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thrust

    thrust, v.t. to push or drive with force: to stab, pierce.—v.i. to make a push, esp. with a pointed weapon: to squeeze in: to intrude:—pa.t. and pa.p. thrust.—n. a stab: an assault: the horizontal outward pressure of an arch against its abutments, or of rafters, beams, &c. against the walls or bearings: the white whey, the last to be squeezed from the curd.—ns. Thrust′er; Thrust′-hoe, a hoe worked by pushing.—Thrust aside, to push away, to reject; Thrust off, to push away; Thrust on, to urge or impel; Thrust one's self into, to intrude; Thrust out, to drive out or away; Thrust through (Shak.), to pierce, to stab; Thrust to (Spens.), to rush upon; Thrust together, to compress; Thrust upon, to force upon. [Ice. thrýsta, to press.]

  2. Thrust

    thrust, v.i. (Spens.) to thirst.—n. thirst.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. thrust

    The effort of a screw-propeller.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. thrust

    Hostile attack with any pointed weapon, as in fencing. When one party makes a push with his sword to wound his adversary with the point, it is called a thrust.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thrust' in Verbs Frequency: #883

Anagrams for thrust »

  1. truths

  2. struth

  3. 'struth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrust in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrust in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of thrust in a Sentence

  1. Associated Press:

    Every caricature thrust upon the national press — that we are culturally elitist, professionally incestuous, socioeconomically detached and ideologically biased — is confirmed by this trainwreck of an event. Journalists, the joke’s on us. The WHCD is broken. Fix The WHCD or end The WHCD.

  2. Sal Salasin:

    Some are born to greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them for blowing off the hands and feet of Nicaraguan coffee harvesters. The rest of us are forced to work. It’s amusing but nothing logical or scientific.

  3. Dominic Raab:

    I knock on doors every day, no one gives a toss about the social media cut and thrust. What they care about is the substance of the issues, and of course there's a huge amount of scepticism about the claims of all politicians.

  4. Arx Pax CEO Greg Henderson:

    Not only is there lift, you can redirect some of the force to use for braking, thrust, or for movement in any direction, people have been trying to do this for many years.

  5. Yulia Skripal:

    We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful, as I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me both physically and emotionally, I take one day at a time and want to help care for my Dad till his full recovery. In the longer term I hope to return home to my country.

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Translations for thrust

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  • stoßen, schiebenGerman
  • énfasis, propulsar, impulso, envión, estocada, asestar, empuje, forzarSpanish
  • työntää, iskeä, sysätäFinnish
  • poussée, propulser, estocadeFrench
  • sparradh, stob, buailScottish Gaelic
  • taszítHungarian
  • հարվածArmenian
  • stoccata, spintaItalian
  • דחףHebrew
  • 押す, 突く, 刺す, 突きJapanese
  • រុញច្រាន, ដំណើរហក់Khmer
  • 돌격Korean
  • torohaki, pūmukaMāori
  • steek, vooruitstuwenDutch
  • støtNorwegian
  • ímpeto, impulso, empurrar, ênfase, estocada, estender, ataque, esticarPortuguese
  • împunge, împinge, bușiRomanian
  • тяга, укол, толкнуть, пихать, навязывать, удар, выпад, наступать, толкать, пихнутьRussian
  • syfte, målSwedish
  • 推力Chinese

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