thrust

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From Old Norse þrysta.

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thrust (plural thrusts)

  1. (fencing) An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point.
    Pierre was a master swordsman, and could parry the thrusts of lesser men with barely a thought.
  2. A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)
    The cutpurse tried to knock her satchel from her hands, but she avoided his thrust and yelled, "Thief!"
  3. The force generated by propulsion, as in a jet engine.
    Spacecraft are engineering marvels, designed to resist the thrust of liftoff, as well as the reverse pressure of the void.
  4. (figuratively) The primary effort; the goal.
    Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.

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thrust (third-person singular simple present thrusts, present participle thrusting, simple past and past participle thrust or thrusted)

  1. (intransitive) To make advance with force.
    We thrust at the enemy with our forces.
  2. (transitive) To force something upon someone.
    I asked her not to thrust the responsibility on me.
  3. (transitive) To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.
    He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter 1, Nobody:
      Three chairs of the steamer type, all maimed, comprised the furniture of this roof-garden, with [] on one of the copings a row of four red clay flower-pots filled with sun-baked dust from which gnarled and rusty stalks thrust themselves up like withered elfin limbs.
  4. (transitive) To push or drive with force; to shove.
    to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Into a dungeon thrust, to work with slaves.
  5. (intransitive) To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      And thrust between my father and the god.
  6. To stab; to pierce; usually with through.

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