thrust

To thrust is to push forward quickly and forcibly, like the way a pirate would plunge or thrust a sword into his enemy.

Thrust is often used when you're talking about knives or swords or jabbing someone with something. In fact, a thrust refers to a sharp blow or stab. Violence aside, thrust can be any kind of forceful push or driving force. Aggressive street vendors thrust their wares on you and young movie stars are thrust into the limelight at an early age — which may be disconcerting, but certainly is not as frightening a knife thrust in your direction.

Primary Meanings of thrust

1.
vn
push forcefully
the force used in pushing
2.
v
push upward
3.
v
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
4.
n
verbal criticism
Full Definitions of thrust
1

v push forcefully

“He thrust his chin forward”
Types:
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dig, jab, poke, prod, stab
poke or thrust abruptly
jab, stab
stab or pierce
shoulder
push with the shoulders
boost
push or shove upward, as if from below or behind
drive, force, ram
force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically
pound, ram, ram down
strike or drive against with a heavy impact
punch
drive forcibly as if by a punch
dig
thrust down or into
goad, prick
stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
toe, toenail
drive obliquely
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v press or force

“She thrust the letter into his hand”
Synonyms:
shove, squeeze, stuff
Type of:
force, push
move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"

v make a thrusting forward movement

Synonyms:
hurl, hurtle, lunge
Types:
dart
move with sudden speed
riposte
make a return thrust
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

Synonyms:
pierce
Types:
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stick
pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
stick
pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
peg
pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
center punch
make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill
empale, impale, spike, transfix
pierce with a sharp stake or point
horn, tusk
stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
gore
wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
lance
pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
pin
pierce with a pin
spear
pierce with a spear
Type of:
penetrate, perforate
pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance

v place or put with great energy

thrust the money in the hands of the beggar”
Synonyms:
throw
Types:
pop
put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

n the force used in pushing

“the thrust of the jet engines”
Synonyms:
push
Type of:
force
(physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity

n the act of applying force to propel something

Synonyms:
drive, driving force
Types:
firewall
(colloquial) the application of maximum thrust
impetus, impulse, impulsion
the act of applying force suddenly
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

Synonyms:
knife thrust, stab
Types:
lunge, passado, straight thrust
(fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
remise
(fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

Synonyms:
jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrusting
Type of:
gesture
motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
2

v push upward

“The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air”
Synonyms:
push up
Type of:
jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out
extend out or project in space

v force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

Synonyms:
push up
push upward
3

v impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

Synonyms:
force
Types:
stick, sting
saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
Type of:
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
4

n verbal criticism

“he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians”
Type of:
criticism, unfavorable judgment
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

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