st) KEY VERB: thrust
, thrusts VERB: tr.
- To push or drive quickly and forcibly. See Synonyms at push.
- To issue or extend: poplars thrusting their branches upward; thrust out his finger.
- To force into a specified condition or situation: She thrust herself through the crowd. He was thrust into a position of awesome responsibility.
- To include or interpolate improperly.
- To force on an unwilling or improper recipient: "Some have greatness thrust upon them" (Shakespeare).
- Archaic To stab; pierce.
- To shove something into or at something else; push.
- To pierce or stab with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- To force one's way.
- A forceful shove or push.
- A driving force or pressure.
- The forward-directed force developed in a jet or rocket engine as a reaction to the high-velocity rearward ejection of exhaust gases.
- A piercing movement made with or as if with a pointed weapon; a stab.
- The essence; the point: The whole thrust of the project was to make money.
- Architecture Outward or lateral stress in a structure, as that exerted by an arch or vault.
- An attack or assault, especially by an armed force.
Middle English thrusten
, from Old Norse thrsta
; see treud-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:thruster(Noun)