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.

Definitions of thrust
  1. verb
    push forcefully
    “He thrust his chin forward”
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    dig, jab, poke, prod, stab
    poke or thrust abruptly
    jab, stab
    stab or pierce
    push with the shoulders
    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
    drive forcibly as if by a punch
    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
  2. verb
    press or force
    “She thrust the letter into his hand”
    synonyms: shove, squeeze, stuff
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    type of:
    force, push
    move with force
  3. verb
    make a thrusting forward movement
    synonyms: hurl, hurtle, lunge
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    move with sudden speed
    make a return thrust
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    synonyms: pierce
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    pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed
    pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument
    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
    wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument
    pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
    pierce with a pin
    pierce with a spear
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    penetrate, perforate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  5. verb
    place or put with great energy
    thrust the money in the hands of the beggar”
    synonyms: throw
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    put or thrust suddenly and forcefully
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  6. noun
    the force used in pushing
    “the thrust of the jet engines”
    synonyms: push
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    (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
  7. noun
    the act of applying force to propel something
    synonyms: drive, driving force
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    (colloquial) the application of maximum thrust
    impetus, impulse, impulsion
    the act of applying force suddenly
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    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
  8. noun
    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
    synonyms: knife thrust, stab
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    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
    (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  9. noun
    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    synonyms: jab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrusting
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    motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
  10. verb
    push upward
    “The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air”
    synonyms: push up
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    jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out
    extend out or project in space
  11. verb
    force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock
    push up
    push upward
  12. verb
    impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
    synonyms: force
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    stick, sting
    saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous
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    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  13. noun
    verbal criticism
    “he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians”
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    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
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