Definition of thrust in English:

thrust

verb

  • 1with object and adverbial of direction Push (something or someone) suddenly or violently in the specified direction.

    ‘she thrust her hands into her pockets’
    figurative ‘Howard was thrust into the limelight’
    no object ‘he thrust at his opponent with his sword’
    • ‘I've got a huge family and suddenly she has been thrust into the middle of this completely different way of life.’
    • ‘Suddenly, John is thrust into a whole new world of motion, music, camaraderie and passion.’
    • ‘They wax garrulous when mikes are thrust at them, and queue up, or SMS furiously to get on to reality shows.’
    • ‘She gasped suddenly, thrusting a hand to her head, pushing back her styled hair abruptly and entangling her fingers in it.’
    • ‘So how does such a creative, quietly self-possessing group of young men handle the fame and fortune that has so suddenly been thrust upon them this year?’
    • ‘A black van pulled up, badges were thrust at me after the door opened, and I hopped in.’
    • ‘Burly Paddy, who's at the helm, suddenly thrusts a fishing rod into my hand.’
    • ‘He sounded rather quizzical and calm despite the equivalent of an Uzi being thrust at his throat.’
    • ‘A full paper bag was thrust at her, and the door shut, leaving her in stifled silence.’
    • ‘It was only through the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, that, suddenly, she was thrust into the limelight, and became our Queen.’
    • ‘This endless cycle of doctors being thrust at you like hot bullets from a machine gun has far too much potential for deadly mishaps and malpractice.’
    • ‘An empty, demanding hand is thrust at us, and we press money into it.’
    • ‘Rae dropped his sword from tired, numb fingers, and he saw the Guardian's blade sail through the air as it was thrust at his chest.’
    • ‘I'm there again, fighting at the bar for a drink and suddenly a hand is thrust in front of me.’
    • ‘I shot him a look, but was soon ambushed by a sheaf of papers being thrust at me.’
    • ‘Suddenly she thrust her fist forward and struck the wall.’
    • ‘It was the shot line, and without thinking he thrust out his hand to grab it.’
    • ‘Suddenly being thrust on to the opposite side of the fence was something of a culture shock.’
    • ‘Then the bowl is thrust at me with battered wooden chopsticks and a porcelain spoon.’
    • ‘It was a woman photographer, with dyed blonde hair showing from beneath her headscarf, who thrust me most violently out of her way.’
    • ‘He was living the rock and roll lifestyle, going to endless parties where free champagne was thrust at him and he took advantage of it.’
    shove, push, propel, impel
    impose, force, foist, push, unload, inflict, obtrude, press, urge
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    1. 1.1no object , with adverbial of direction (of a person) move or advance forcibly.
      ‘she thrust through the bramble canes’
      ‘he tried to thrust his way past her’
      • ‘And underneath all that mock facial serenity, I wished for the lift door to thrust open and once again be released into the open.’
      • ‘The social climbers thrust their way into the noble preserve not to destroy it but to make it their own.’
      • ‘Seconds later, his body thrust forward with a force that sundered the straps holding him in the chair and he fell to the floor, dead.’
      • ‘He shouts, digging his spikes in, thrusting upward.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes for a moment, and thrust her way through the barriers of his mind.’
      • ‘She had been trying to thrust her way into the popular group ever since any of us could remember, and followed the popular rule about being a non-cheerleader.’
      • ‘Gripping the rifle tightly, Shawn thrust himself into the corridor.’
      • ‘Justin practices his dance moves offstage before his performances, and if you're there and looking closely, you can see him silhouetted behind the scrim, kicking and thrusting.’
      • ‘A hand thrust itself downwards and pushed aside a branch like a shop owner holding a door open for a customer.’
      • ‘Many people might have felt better knowing that ministers are also troubled by the crime monster whose tentacles appear to be thrusting unstoppably all over.’
      • ‘The points flowed freely in the second half and then Richardson thrust his way through after Keith Robinson just failed to steal the ball at a ruck.’
      • ‘Traditional fishing methods include thrusting and scooping with baskets as well as the building of funnels and weirs from reeds and sticks.’
      • ‘Disregarding the two of them, he thrust expertly at Jack, who blocked effortlessly and returned the blow.’
      • ‘She thrust her way through the crowd and ran out of the gym, the heavy doors slamming loudly behind her.’
    2. 1.2no object , with adverbial of direction (of a thing) extend so as to project conspicuously.
      ‘beside the boathouse a jetty thrust out into the water’
      • ‘There's the big Dome standing forlorn and empty, its twelve yellow spikes thrusting defiantly into the sky.’
      • ‘On the north-east side, the stand thrusts out at a precipitous angle, like the hull of a ship, rhythmically articulated by broad ribs, each of which contains a staircase.’
      • ‘Arcos, 30 kilometres east of Jerez, is perched on a huge rock which thrusts 200 metres up from the Rio Guadalete.’
      • ‘Set midway along the main bar, the library forms the building's conceptual and physical centre, thrusting out at right angles like the truncated prow of a ship.’
      • ‘The lectern end of the hall is tucked under a volume that thrusts into the two-story space.’
      • ‘Some of the incense is still burning while others are just cold shells, the red and pink sticks thrusting lifeless out of the sand.’
      • ‘Through the fog we see the distant peaks of the Kobowre Mountains, part of New Guinea's east-west backbone, which thrusts 16,000 feet skyward.’
      • ‘The twin towers of Petronas, the tallest in the world, stand like crystalline fingers thrusting into the dark Malaysian sky.’
      • ‘Sculpted masonry buildings - offices and stores - thrust up from the streets of downtown.’
      • ‘A long bar with a library at ground level and bedrooms above thrusts out towards the street.’
      • ‘The form as a whole thrusts out from the neat pedestal on which it stands.’
      stick out, jut out, jut, protrude, extend, stand out, hang over, overhang, bulge out, poke out, lap over, ride over, thrust out, obtrude, cantilever
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    3. 1.3thrust something on/upon Force (someone) to accept or deal with something.
      ‘he felt that fame had been thrust upon him’
      • ‘Forced to move against the grain of normal usage, they thrust upon us unexpected links and so make us look again at what we took for granted.’
      • ‘And he writes to her from Madurai suggesting that they elope and marry as his parents will never agree for their marriage and are thrusting another girl on him.’
      • ‘Grieving people can lose perspective and thrust their sorrow on the rest of us, as if exposing their suffering makes it more legitimate or significant.’
      • ‘The row in Montgomery has thrust the issue on to the political agenda and set the stage for a rash of similar cases.’
      • ‘A young entrepreneur named Hugh Hefner thrust his ambition upon the marketplace with a new magazine called Playboy.’
      • ‘Some friends do complain and very seriously too that I involuntarily thrust my opinions upon others and get my proposals accepted.’
      • ‘Problems arise in a relationship when guys try to thrust their views on girls.’
      • ‘The claim immediately thrust the spotlight on to Hoon, whose department faces fierce criticism over its treatment of Kelly.’
      • ‘It has been a while since the Manic Street Preachers thrust their manifesto upon us.’
      • ‘The only difference is that the leader enjoys hugely grown information opportunities for thrusting the global idea on the world community.’
      • ‘Although she does not set out to be a crusader, she accepts the role once it is thrust upon her.’
      • ‘There is discontent and he is a bit of a focus for that, but this latest outbreak has also thrust the spotlight on other potential replacements.’
      • ‘Dr. David Thorpe returns this week from an extended ‘vacation,’ and he's as eager as ever to thrust his vitriol on an unsuspecting public.’
      • ‘Vijay TV's journalists thrust a camera on Jyotika's face when she had come to the crematorium to pay her last respects.’
      • ‘Being a diplomat's wife thrusts multiple roles on her and often she has to burn the proverbial midnight oil to catch up on unfinished work on the canvas.’
      • ‘Spencer Plaza has since its inception evolved as a landmark of the present times, thrusting its presence on the city skyline.’
      • ‘These settlers were respected, hard working and honest people who did not thrust their opinions upon the notice of their neighbours.’
      • ‘It is likely to deprive the side of a key player and thrust a fresh burden on Andrew Flintoff, who is next in line to take over the captaincy.’
      • ‘As the only ISP that thrusts its own software on us, is it a viable option?’
      • ‘Care must be taken not to thrust their dreams on the children.’

noun

  • 1A sudden or violent lunge with a pointed weapon or a bodily part.

    ‘he drove the blade upward with one powerful thrust’
    • ‘He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.’
    • ‘He paused before delivering a powerful thrust that skewered the water creature beyond healing.’
    • ‘Chiyotaikai, who was handed his fourth straight loss of the 15-day tourney, went on the attack in the penultimate bout with a barrage of arm thrusts.’
    • ‘Likewise, contrary to the misapprehensions of fencing historians, thrusts were not delivered in stabbing or jabbing action.’
    • ‘He took this chance to land a quick thrust to the shoulders.’
    • ‘Palladini does not agree with those of his colleagues who believe that point thrusts should be executed with an exceptionally long lunge.’
    • ‘At any rate, it must be said that even the best mail and padding would not be proof against a strong thrust from such weapons.’
    • ‘Andris jerked back from the sudden thrust of the blade, but he'd been just a little slow.’
    • ‘The girl quickly reacted to the man's attack with a strong thrust to the back of his neck.’
    • ‘Like most herons, they capture prey with sudden thrusts of their bills.’
    • ‘It wasn't long before I began to predict the frogs' underwater routes by watching the wakes left by the powerful thrusts of their hind legs.’
    • ‘Flying prey can be caught by the crocodilians leaping into the air with thrusts of their powerful tail.’
    • ‘Michael parried the weapon with a quick thrust from his left arm and launched his tightened right fist forward.’
    • ‘Bryce's shout brought him out of the darkness with a violent thrust of his arm.’
    • ‘Sidestepping to the left will cause your character to slash in a spinning arc, while rolling forward and attacking initiates a lunging thrust.’
    • ‘Lee then began to send a barrage of lightning fast thrusts and she continued to evade every single attack with a large grin on her face.’
    • ‘In individual contests the student is required to execute free techniques against frontal attacks, thrusts, etc.’
    • ‘Another blow cracked at her backside, and a sweeping thrust knocked her off her feet.’
    • ‘The duel began with a sudden lunge on his part; the shallow thrust was parried decisively to the right with a thin screech of metal against metal.’
    • ‘Instead of parrying, Celia crouched under the blade's arc and reprised with an upward thrust of her own weapon.’
    • ‘She pulled back on the spear and launched it forward, but I blocked the thrust with my sword.’
    • ‘With a powerful thrust of her tail, she pulled him to the surface.’
    • ‘Eventually, if he is successful, he kills the bull with a single thrust between the shoulder blades.’
    • ‘For several minutes he ducked and dived under knife thrusts, but he was tiring fast and couldn't see how he could seriously retaliate, short of disarming the man.’
    • ‘It nearly broke his heart when he heard her cry out in pain as the joint was put back into place by a powerful thrust by his palm.’
    shove, push, ram, prod, poke, stab, jab, lunge, drive, barge, bump, bang, jolt, butt, knock, nudge
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    1. 1.1 A forceful attack or effort.
      ‘executives led a new thrust in business development’
      • ‘Sparta still carry the greater thrust from midfield.’
      • ‘At the time, Dr. Ink praised this move as gutsy, a daring thrust into enemy territory.’
      • ‘He leaped; a powerful thrust of his wings bore him away from his assailant.’
      • ‘After repelling Oxford's more determined thrusts, City broke free from their shackles as a Richard Hope shot from 25 yards was deflected wide for a corner.’
      • ‘Spectators did not have to wait long for the thrust of the second half to manifest itself.’
      • ‘The occasional offensive thrusts were, in fact, part of an overall defensive scheme adopted to allow the general and his staff to determine how best to counter the tribesmen.’
      • ‘In late March 1942, No.75 Squadron hurriedly deployed to Port Moresby in the face of initial Japanese air thrusts against the city.’
      • ‘Then, starting on April 3, U.S. divisions began making violent thrusts into Baghdad, first seizing the airport.’
      • ‘The first thrust into the city was from the western front.’
      • ‘They have described massive thrusts by armour from all sides; airborne attacks to take out Baghdad; vast seaborne raids.’
      • ‘By participating in such activities, the ‘new’ Irish domestic servant countered the thrust of forced assimilation.’
      • ‘Chelios, in fact, is at his best when he rubs a player out along the boards in his own end to stop an offensive thrust, then sends the puck up the ice to a teammate and joins in the rush.’
      • ‘The raids of the defenders were generally relieved by big thrusts carried out by forces far superior to those of the attackers.’
      • ‘A criticism levelled at Inveraray is that the attacking thrust is often thwarted by over-elaboration among the forwards.’
      • ‘If an attacker can be made to believe that his offensive thrust will fail, then the defense will not be challenged.’
      • ‘Then, as Tolbukhin parried further German armoured thrusts, Malinovsky mounted an attack on Buda.’
      • ‘As they go into battle, simultaneous armoured thrusts will be launched from Kuwait and Turkey.’
      advance, push, drive, charge, attack, assault, onslaught, onrush, offensive, sortie, foray, raid, sally, invasion, incursion, blitz, campaign
      barbed remark, verbal assault, verbal attack, barb, hostile remark, insult
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    2. 1.2in singular The principal purpose or theme of a course of action or line of reasoning.
      ‘anti-Americanism became the main thrust of their policy’
      • ‘But is not the whole thrust of these reports against your submissions?’
      • ‘The main thrust of his message was that for those who stick with sheep and are prepared to do it properly, there will be good returns.’
      • ‘"Ever since the 1950's, the whole thrust of our economic policy has been to broaden our economic base.’
      • ‘The entire thrust of German policy since the 60s has been towards a corporate state.’
      • ‘The thrust of any development initiative should be to stimulate the thinking process of the people and enable them to voice their views openly.’
      • ‘What is missing is some sense of the thrust of the propaganda effort.’
      • ‘The broad thrust of the report was interesting and pertinent, but some of the recommendations invite closer examination.’
      • ‘Again I can state my conclusions relatively briefly, since here too I accept the main thrust of Miss Lieven's submissions.’
      • ‘The thrust of the attacks was that the families had the gall to ‘stand up to the government and yet expect help from the government.’’
      • ‘A major thrust of this article is that situations and persons can affect results interactively.’
      • ‘Yes, the motives of fame and posterity are there, but the main thrust of their reasoning is that they want to stay alive.’
      • ‘Most of the bigger unions representing the public sector have quietly accepted the main thrust of the benchmarking report.’
      • ‘That's the thrust of City of York Council's transport policy, which aims to promote walking and cycling at the expense of the car.’
      • ‘The survey gives a valuable insight into the investigative process, and supports the general thrust of the book.’
      • ‘The problem was that Mr Johnson obviously still agreed with the central thrust of the article.’
      • ‘The main thrust of the Green's message yesterday was that a vote against the Treaty was not a vote against enlargement.’
      • ‘Presently, the initial thrust of the business will be in the film industry.’
      • ‘The main thrust of Jesus' message in verses 44-52 remains that of humility.’
      • ‘While the central themes embody the main thrust of what the text actually said, a study of the marginal and omitted ideas may be more fruitful and enlightening.’
      • ‘But the main thrust of correspondence focused on the future of a particular medical practice.’
      gist, substance, drift, implication, intention, burden, meaning, significance, signification, sense, essence, thesis, import, purport, tenor, message, spirit
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  • 2The propulsive force of a jet or rocket engine.

    • ‘A solar-powered ion engine could therefore not compete with the large thrust of a chemical rocket.’
    • ‘This stroke must generate thrust as well as lift; it requires an airfoil with aerodynamic integrity.’
    • ‘After liftoff, at nearly 100 percent of rated thrust, the engine throttles back momentarily.’
    • ‘The idea is to be as frictionless as possible, so you don't need much forward thrust to get moving.’
    • ‘The thrust vector control is fully integrated into the digital flight control system.’
    • ‘The pilot, however, coolly opened his throttles and used the forward thrust of his engines to pull him to a stop.’
    • ‘In either case, the total thrust of the trijet will be more than 18,000 lb.’
    • ‘One of the most important considerations in flight is the balance of forces maintained between thrust, drag, lift, and weight.’
    • ‘Ion propulsion is a method of propulsion that uses electrical rather than chemical forces to generate thrust for a spacecraft.’
    • ‘The goal of a turbofan engine is to produce thrust to drive the airplane forward.’
    • ‘The burn marks at the site did not indicate sufficient thrust to lift a large vehicle, according to Hynek.’
    • ‘When a propeller produces thrust, aerodynamic and mechanical forces are present that cause the blade to vibrate.’
    • ‘Scientists scoffed at jets, believing they couldn't generate enough thrust to fly.’
    • ‘The engines available back then were going to have to be pushed about 20 percent to get the kind of thrust needed, according to Dassault.’
    • ‘But with enough rocket thrust and the correct positioning, you come back to earth.’
    • ‘Very large, lightweight propellers provide sufficient thrust to keep the airship on station.’
    • ‘Most (but not all) commercial jets have reverse thrust, which redirects engine thrust to help stop the aircraft.’
    • ‘The thrust of the turbo-jet engine was limited at high Mach numbers by the allowable turbine inlet temperature.’
    • ‘Quickly the acceleration compensators countered the thrust of the engines, and he was comfortable again.’
    • ‘The propulsive thrust that can be produced by these types of waves has been calculated.’
    force, motive force, propulsive force, propulsion, drive, driving force, actuation, impetus, impulse, impulsion, momentum, push, pressure, power
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    1. 2.1 The lateral pressure exerted by an arch or other support in a building.
      • ‘To resist lateral thrust, the design includes tie beams of posttensioned concrete beneath the foundation slab.’
      • ‘However, these geometries will exist only in a patch in the roof thrust.’
      • ‘The tubes resist lateral thrust caused by bead-cable tension forces that are contained within the overall assembly.’
      • ‘The result is for the roof thrust to have a greater chance of being folded.’
      • ‘Its main longitudinal arch thrust is held by six pre-stressed concrete ties, which are fixed into the abutment foundations.’
  • 3Geology
    A reverse fault of low angle, with older strata displaced horizontally over younger.

    • ‘Both strike-slip faults and thrusts, commonly at high angles, are present.’
    • ‘It is not known whether the thrusts and reverse faults represent reactivated extensional basement structures or formed entirely during basin inversion.’
    • ‘Further detailed studies are required to distinguish Palaeozoic structures such as thrusts, normal faults and sutures that were reactivated in Mesozoic-Cenozoic time.’
    • ‘The assumption in building a more detailed stratigraphic succession through such a deformed region is that, for the most part, reverse faults and thrusts carry older material over younger.’
    • ‘Continued displacement along the thrust will result in the increasing separation of the ramp anticline from the ramp above which it originally formed.’
    • ‘The Paunglaung Fault is a top-to-the-east thrust, which folds Aptian limestone in its footwall.’
    • ‘A smaller and lower intensity damage zone also occurs within the footwall of the thrust.’
    • ‘The low - angle normal faults are subparallel to the subjacent subduction thrusts.’
    • ‘In the north of the area towards the Main Zagros Reverse Fault, thrusts are dominant.’

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old Norse thrýsta; perhaps related to Latin trudere ‘to thrust’. The noun is first recorded (early 16th century) in the sense ‘act of pressing’.

Pronunciation

thrust

/THrəst//θrəst/