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thrust

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verb \ ˈthrəst \

Definition of thrust

thrust; thrusting
transitive verb
1 :to push or drive with force :shove
2 :to cause to enter or pierce something by or as if by pushing
  • thrust a dagger into his heart
4 :stab, pierce
5 a :to put (someone, such as an unwilling person) forcibly into a course of action or position
  • was thrust into the job
b :to introduce often improperly into a position :interpolate
6 :to press, force, or impose the acceptance of upon someone
  • thrust new responsibilities upon her
intransitive verb
1 a :to force an entrance or passage
b :to push forward :press onward
c :to push upward :project
2 :to make a thrust, stab, or lunge with or as if with a pointed weapon
  • thrust at them with a knife

Examples of thrust in a Sentence

  1. He thrust his hands into his pockets.

  2. He thrust his fist into the air.

  3. The doctor thrust the needle into the patient's arm.

  4. He thrust at me with his sword.

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Origin and Etymology of thrust

Middle English thrusten, thristen, from Old Norse thrȳsta; probably akin to Old Norse thrjōta to tire, Old English thrēat coercion — more at threat

thrust Synonyms

Synonyms
drive, propel, shove, push
Antonyms
decline, descend, dip, drop, fall (off), plunge
Related Words
impel, move; bear (down), compress, depress, jam, pressure, squash, squeeze, weigh (upon); bulldoze, compel, force, lean (on or against), muscle, ram
Near Antonyms
dive, nose-dive, plummet, sink, slide

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thrust

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Definition of thrust

1 a :a forward or upward push
b :a movement (as by a group of people) in a specified direction
2 a :salient or essential element or meaning
  • the thrust of the argument
b :principal concern or objective
  • the plan's major thrust is testing
  • —Ryan Lizza
3 a :a strong continued pressure
b :the sideways force or pressure of one part of a structure against another part (as of an arch against an abutment)
c :the force produced by a propeller or by a jet or rocket engine that drives a vehicle (such as an aircraft) forward
d :a nearly horizontal geological fault
4 a :a push or lunge with a pointed weapon
b (1) :a verbal attack
(2) :a military assault

Examples of thrust in a Sentence

  1. With one last thrust he broke through the barrier.

  2. a single thrust of his sword

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First Known Use of thrust

14th century

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THRUST Defined for English Language Learners

thrust

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verb

Definition of thrust for English Language Learners

  • : to push (someone or something) with force

  • : to cause (something sharp) to enter or go through something else by pushing

  • : to make a sudden, strong, forward movement at someone or something with a weapon


thrust

noun

Definition of thrust for English Language Learners

  • : a forward or upward push

  • : the main point or meaning of something

  • : the main concern or purpose of something


THRUST Defined for Kids

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thrust

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verb \ ˈthrəst \

Definition of thrust for Students

thrust; thrusting
1 :to push with force :shove
  • The small man thrust the lamp into Will's hand.
  • —Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
2 :pierce 1, stab
3 :extend 1
  • He thrust out his arm.
4 :to press the acceptance of on someone
  • New responsibilities were thrust on her.

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thrust

noun

Definition of thrust for Students

1 :a push or jab with a pointed weapon
2 :a military attack
3 :a forward or upward push


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