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Meaning & Definition of Thrust in English

English

Thrust

/θrəst/

noun

1. The force used in pushing

  • "The push of the water on the walls of the tank"
  • "The thrust of the jet engines"
    synonym:
  • push
  • ,
  • thrust

2. A strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

  • "One strong stab to the heart killed him"
    synonym:
  • stab
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • knife thrust

3. The act of applying force to propel something

  • "After reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"
    synonym:
  • drive
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • driving force

4. Verbal criticism

  • "He enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians"
    synonym:
  • thrust

5. A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

  • "He warned me with a jab with his finger"
  • "He made a thrusting motion with his fist"
    synonym:
  • jab
  • ,
  • jabbing
  • ,
  • poke
  • ,
  • poking
  • ,
  • thrust
  • ,
  • thrusting

verb

1. Push forcefully

  • "He thrust his chin forward"
    synonym:
  • thrust

2. Press or force

  • "Stuff money into an envelope"
  • "She thrust the letter into his hand"
    synonym:
  • thrust
  • ,
  • stuff
  • ,
  • shove
  • ,
  • squeeze

3. Make a thrusting forward movement

    synonym:
  • lunge
  • ,
  • hurl
  • ,
  • hurtle
  • ,
  • thrust

4. Impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

  • "She forced her diet fads on him"
    synonym:
  • force
  • ,
  • thrust

5. Penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

    synonym:
  • pierce
  • ,
  • thrust

6. Force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

    synonym:
  • thrust

7. Push upward

  • "The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air"
    synonym:
  • thrust
  • ,
  • push up

8. Place or put with great energy

  • "She threw the blanket around the child"
  • "Thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"
    synonym:
  • throw
  • ,
  • thrust

Examples of using

The hare went out to the porch to scratch his balls. He thrust his paw - no balls there! Thus he fell down from the porch.
Orina wrote something on a piece of paper and thrust it into Pyotyr's hand from under the table.
He thrust me aside.