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thrust (θrʌst Pronunciation for thrust



Word forms:  thrusts,  thrusting,  thrust
  1. (transitive) to push (someone or something) with force or sudden strength   ⇒ she thrust him away, she thrust it into the fire
  2. (transitive) to force or impose upon (someone) or into (some condition or situation)   ⇒ they thrust extra responsibilities upon her, she was thrust into the limelight
  3. (transitive) foll by through to pierce; stab
  4. (intransitive; usually followed by through or into) to force a passage or entrance
  5. (intransitive) to push forwards, upwards, or outwards
  6. (intransitive) foll by at to make a stab or lunge at (a person or thing)


  1. a forceful drive, push, stab, or lunge
  2. a force, esp one that produces motion
    1. a propulsive force produced by the fluid pressure or the change of momentum of the fluid in a jet engine, rocket engine, etc
    2. a similar force produced by a propeller
  3. a pressure that is exerted continuously by one part of an object, structure, etc, against another, esp the axial force by or on a shaft
  4. (geology)
    1. the compressive force in the earth's crust that produces recumbent folds and thrust or reverse faults
    2. See thrust fault
  5. (civil engineering) a force exerted in a downwards and outwards direction, as by an arch or rafter, or the horizontal force exerted by retained earth
  6. force, impetus, or drive   ⇒ a man with thrust and energy
  7. the essential or most forceful part   ⇒ the thrust of the argument

Word Origin

C12: from Old Norse thrysta; related to Latin trūdere; see intrude


View thesaurus entry
= shove, push, shoulder, lunge, jostle, elbow or shoulder your way
= momentum, impetus, drive, motive power, motive force, propulsive force

Translations for 'thrust'

  • British English: thrust If you thrust something or someone somewhere, you push or move them there quickly with a lot of force. VERBThey thrust him into the back of a jeep.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: empurrar
  • Chinese: 猛推
  • European Spanish: empujar
  • French: pousser brusquementN
  • German: stoßen
  • Italian: spingere con forza
  • Japanese: 押しつける
  • Korean: 밀치다
  • Portuguese: empurrar
  • Spanish: empujar

Example Sentences Including 'thrust'

He was thrust back into his tight-fitting sports seat with a look of serious discomfort on his face.
Val McDermid DEAD BEAT (2002)
I was so disappointed I didn't say a word, just thrust the receiver at Mum.
Kate Cann READY? (2001)
Instead, the midfielder (pictured) who turned 19 last week, has been thrust into the action prematurely due to the injury crisis at Anfield.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2003)
It also runs directly counter to the essential thrust of a Constitution.
Irish Times (2002)
Liverpool began the second half brightly with Andy Nicholas in particular providing the thrust from full-back.
Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (2003)
Personal loss by Josie Appleton The deaths of coalition soldiers has thrust the families of troops fighting in the Gulf into the spotlight.
Spiked (2003)
The Sheriff glanced at the paper, nodded in satisfaction and thrust it into a pocket of his fur-trimmed robe.
Bernard Cornwell GALLOWS THIEF (2002)
Then came Burke's sudden departure and Luongo was thrust into action.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Then she got her purse and thrust a ten-pound note into my hand.
Kate Cann READY? (2001)


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