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’
    • ‘Suddenly being thrust on to the opposite side of the fence was something of a culture shock.’
    • ‘A full paper bag was thrust at her, and the door shut, leaving her in stifled silence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly, John is thrust into a whole new world of motion, music, camaraderie and passion.’
    • ‘I've got a huge family and suddenly she has been thrust into the middle of this completely different way of life.’
    • ‘I'm there again, fighting at the bar for a drink and suddenly a hand is thrust in front of me.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘She gasped suddenly, thrusting a hand to her head, pushing back her styled hair abruptly and entangling her fingers in it.’
    • ‘I shot him a look, but was soon ambushed by a sheaf of papers being thrust at me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was only through the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, that, suddenly, she was thrust into the limelight, and became our Queen.’
    • ‘Suddenly she thrust her fist forward and struck the wall.’
    • ‘An empty, demanding hand is thrust at us, and we press money into it.’
    • ‘They wax garrulous when mikes are thrust at them, and queue up, or SMS furiously to get on to reality shows.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Burly Paddy, who's at the helm, suddenly thrusts a fishing rod into my hand.’
    • ‘It was a woman photographer, with dyed blonde hair showing from beneath her headscarf, who thrust me most violently out of her way.’
    • ‘It was the shot line, and without thinking he thrust out his hand to grab it.’
    • ‘Then the bowl is thrust at me with battered wooden chopsticks and a porcelain spoon.’
    • ‘A black van pulled up, badges were thrust at me after the door opened, and I hopped in.’
    • ‘He sounded rather quizzical and calm despite the equivalent of an Uzi being thrust at his throat.’
    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’
      • ‘Traditional fishing methods include thrusting and scooping with baskets as well as the building of funnels and weirs from reeds and sticks.’
      • ‘A hand thrust itself downwards and pushed aside a branch like a shop owner holding a door open for a customer.’
      • ‘And underneath all that mock facial serenity, I wished for the lift door to thrust open and once again be released into the open.’
      • ‘Disregarding the two of them, he thrust expertly at Jack, who blocked effortlessly and returned the blow.’
      • ‘Gripping the rifle tightly, Shawn thrust himself into the corridor.’
      • ‘She closed her eyes for a moment, and thrust her way through the barriers of his mind.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The social climbers thrust their way into the noble preserve not to destroy it but to make it their own.’
      • ‘She thrust her way through the crowd and ran out of the gym, the heavy doors slamming loudly behind her.’
      • ‘He shouts, digging his spikes in, thrusting upward.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Sculpted masonry buildings - offices and stores - thrust up from the streets of downtown.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There's the big Dome standing forlorn and empty, its twelve yellow spikes thrusting defiantly into the sky.’
      • ‘A long bar with a library at ground level and bedrooms above thrusts out towards the street.’
      • ‘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 lectern end of the hall is tucked under a volume that thrusts into the two-story space.’
      • ‘The twin towers of Petronas, the tallest in the world, stand like crystalline fingers thrusting into the dark Malaysian sky.’
      • ‘The form as a whole thrusts out from the neat pedestal on which it stands.’
      • ‘Arcos, 30 kilometres east of Jerez, is perched on a huge rock which thrusts 200 metres up from the Rio Guadalete.’
      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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some friends do complain and very seriously too that I involuntarily thrust my opinions upon others and get my proposals accepted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The row in Montgomery has thrust the issue on to the political agenda and set the stage for a rash of similar cases.’
      • ‘Care must be taken not to thrust their dreams on the children.’
      • ‘The claim immediately thrust the spotlight on to Hoon, whose department faces fierce criticism over its treatment of Kelly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These settlers were respected, hard working and honest people who did not thrust their opinions upon the notice of their neighbours.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the only ISP that thrusts its own software on us, is it a viable option?’
      • ‘Vijay TV's journalists thrust a camera on Jyotika's face when she had come to the crematorium to pay her last respects.’
      • ‘A young entrepreneur named Hugh Hefner thrust his ambition upon the marketplace with a new magazine called Playboy.’
      • ‘It has been a while since the Manic Street Preachers thrust their manifesto upon us.’
      • ‘Problems arise in a relationship when guys try to thrust their views on girls.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spencer Plaza has since its inception evolved as a landmark of the present times, thrusting its presence on the city skyline.’

noun

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

    ‘he drove the blade upward with one powerful thrust’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of parrying, Celia crouched under the blade's arc and reprised with an upward thrust of her own weapon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Michael parried the weapon with a quick thrust from his left arm and launched his tightened right fist forward.’
    • ‘Flying prey can be caught by the crocodilians leaping into the air with thrusts of their powerful tail.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She pulled back on the spear and launched it forward, but I blocked the thrust with my sword.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another blow cracked at her backside, and a sweeping thrust knocked her off her feet.’
    • ‘He paused before delivering a powerful thrust that skewered the water creature beyond healing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.’
    • ‘Likewise, contrary to the misapprehensions of fencing historians, thrusts were not delivered in stabbing or jabbing action.’
    • ‘Like most herons, they capture prey with sudden thrusts of their bills.’
    • ‘Eventually, if he is successful, he kills the bull with a single thrust between the shoulder blades.’
    • ‘In individual contests the student is required to execute free techniques against frontal attacks, thrusts, etc.’
    • ‘Andris jerked back from the sudden thrust of the blade, but he'd been just a little slow.’
    • ‘Bryce's shout brought him out of the darkness with a violent thrust of his arm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With a powerful thrust of her tail, she pulled him to the surface.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sidestepping to the left will cause your character to slash in a spinning arc, while rolling forward and attacking initiates a lunging thrust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The girl quickly reacted to the man's attack with a strong thrust to the back of his neck.’
    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’
      • ‘In late March 1942, No.75 Squadron hurriedly deployed to Port Moresby in the face of initial Japanese air thrusts against the city.’
      • ‘He leaped; a powerful thrust of his wings bore him away from his assailant.’
      • ‘At the time, Dr. Ink praised this move as gutsy, a daring thrust into enemy territory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A criticism levelled at Inveraray is that the attacking thrust is often thwarted by over-elaboration among the forwards.’
      • ‘Then, starting on April 3, U.S. divisions began making violent thrusts into Baghdad, first seizing the airport.’
      • ‘Then, as Tolbukhin parried further German armoured thrusts, Malinovsky mounted an attack on Buda.’
      • ‘If an attacker can be made to believe that his offensive thrust will fail, then the defense will not be challenged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As they go into battle, simultaneous armoured thrusts will be launched from Kuwait and Turkey.’
      • ‘The raids of the defenders were generally relieved by big thrusts carried out by forces far superior to those of the attackers.’
      • ‘The first thrust into the city was from the western front.’
      • ‘Spectators did not have to wait long for the thrust of the second half to manifest itself.’
      • ‘By participating in such activities, the ‘new’ Irish domestic servant countered the thrust of forced assimilation.’
      • ‘Sparta still carry the greater thrust from midfield.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have described massive thrusts by armour from all sides; airborne attacks to take out Baghdad; vast seaborne raids.’
      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’
      • ‘The main thrust of the Green's message yesterday was that a vote against the Treaty was not a vote against enlargement.’
      • ‘But the main thrust of correspondence focused on the future of a particular medical practice.’
      • ‘Again I can state my conclusions relatively briefly, since here too I accept the main thrust of Miss Lieven's submissions.’
      • ‘The main thrust of Jesus' message in verses 44-52 remains that of humility.’
      • ‘The broad thrust of the report was interesting and pertinent, but some of the recommendations invite closer examination.’
      • ‘"Ever since the 1950's, the whole thrust of our economic policy has been to broaden our economic base.’
      • ‘The survey gives a valuable insight into the investigative process, and supports the general thrust of the book.’
      • ‘Most of the bigger unions representing the public sector have quietly accepted the main thrust of the benchmarking report.’
      • ‘A major thrust of this article is that situations and persons can affect results interactively.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Presently, the initial thrust of the business will be in the film industry.’
      • ‘The thrust of any development initiative should be to stimulate the thinking process of the people and enable them to voice their views openly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 entire thrust of German policy since the 60s has been towards a corporate state.’
      • ‘But is not the whole thrust of these reports against your submissions?’
      • ‘The problem was that Mr Johnson obviously still agreed with the central thrust of the article.’
      • ‘What is missing is some sense of the thrust of the propaganda effort.’
      • ‘Yes, the motives of fame and posterity are there, but the main thrust of their reasoning is that they want to stay alive.’
      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.

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

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

Phrases

  • cut and thrust

    • 1The use of both the edge and the point of one's sword while fighting.

      • ‘Metal fashioned into swords was found to be handy in the cut and thrust of combat - if the victim did not die from the puncturing of vital organs, septicemia would do the rest - but metal could also be used as protection.’
      • ‘Example; He tells us to parry with the flat of the sword in his cut and thrust section.’
      1. 1.1A spirited and rapid interchange of views.
        ‘the cut and thrust of political debate’
        • ‘It's a different matter being able to cope with the cut and thrust of lively House of Commons debate and Prime Minister's Questions - situations in which he has shown little credibility.’
        • ‘Either McInnes is in for the long haul or he is hopelessly optimistic to believe he can indulge in the cut and thrust of French banter by the time the season ends.’
        • ‘I realised maybe I had lost some of my pizzazz for the cut and thrust of the chamber of the House of Commons.’
        • ‘I love the fast moving aspect of the marketing business and the competitive cut and thrust of winning new accounts.’
        • ‘Europe's top 30 windsurfers will be among those competing in the final round of the sport's Triple Crown, but there's more to this event than the cut and thrust of competition.’
        • ‘Although he enjoyed the cut and thrust of political life he never carried a grudge and was the first to invite the opposition for a drink after a council meeting.’
        • ‘Nowadays, describing oneself as being ‘hurt’ sends the wrong message - of a hands-off preciousness and of not being able to take the cut and thrust of public debate.’
        • ‘Tullamore are always a tough prospect in this section but home advantage should be availed of as a draw is two points dropped, but Portlaoise can only improve as they get used to the cut and thrust of competition.’
        • ‘Mr Thomas, I don't want to draw you into the cut and thrust of the political arena, but do you agree with Government's position that these bills will contribute to the fight against the spiralling crime rate?’
        • ‘With the above scoreline there for all to see it is hard to pick out those isolated incidents when the visitors displayed the skills required to survive and thrive in the cut and thrust of this competitive league.’
      2. 1.2A situation or sphere of activity regarded as carried out under adversarial conditions.
        ‘the ruthless cut and thrust of the business world’
        • ‘Ah yes, winning, something of which Woosnam has done his share in Ryder Cup play, although not, strangely for one so suited to the cut and thrust of head-to-head combat, in any of his eight singles matches.’
        • ‘The confidence and flamboyance of these solo works seems well fitted to the dynamic cut and thrust of theatre on the Fringe.’
        • ‘Indeed, the cut and thrust of armed combat arrives surprisingly late in the day, as Weir focuses on building up the tension while fleshing out key characters.’
        • ‘It is also true that in the past the Fine Gaelers were never entirely comfortable with the cut and thrust of business.’
        • ‘And at least the brief excursion from the rigours of the Conference gives the stricken hoards a chance to regain some of their strength for the cut and thrust of the league.’
        • ‘He loves the cut and thrust, the passion and the no-holds-barred aspect to the contest but he knows that what happens on the pitch often boils over into the stands and onto the streets.’
        • ‘As for Giant's Causeway, can you think of a better European candidate for the cut and thrust of the Breeder's Cup?’
        • ‘Congress isn't exposed to that cut and thrust of the market - it's getting its millions, it seems, whether or not it proves to be a performer.’
        • ‘These qualities are clearly vital when it comes to the cut and thrust of a life-threatening situation.’
        • ‘It would, however, leave more options open for the students and allow them time after the cut and thrust of the exams to take more advantage of their points.’
        repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, swordplay, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay
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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/