Meaning of THRUST in English


I. ˈthrəst verb

( thrust ; thrust·ing )

Etymology: Middle English thrusten, thristen, from Old Norse thrȳsta; probably akin to Old Norse thrjōta to tire, Old English thrēat coercion — more at threat

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

1. : to push or drive with force : shove

2. : to cause to enter or pierce something by or as if by pushing

thrust a dagger into his heart

3. : extend , spread

4. : stab , pierce


a. : to put (as an unwilling person) forcibly into a course of action or position

was thrust into the job

b. : to introduce often improperly into a position : interpolate

6. : to press, force, or impose the acceptance of upon someone

thrust new responsibilities upon her

intransitive verb


a. : to force an entrance or passage

b. : to push forward : press onward

c. : to push upward : project

2. : to make a thrust, stab, or lunge with or as if with a pointed weapon

thrust at them with a knife

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : a push or lunge with a pointed weapon


(1) : a verbal attack

(2) : a military assault


a. : a strong continued pressure

b. : the sideways force or pressure of one part of a structure against another part (as of an arch against an abutment)

c. : the force produced by a propeller or by a jet or rocket engine that drives a vehicle (as an aircraft) forward

d. : a nearly horizontal geological fault


a. : a forward or upward push

b. : a movement (as by a group of people) in a specified direction


a. : salient or essential element or meaning

the thrust of the argument

b. : principal concern or objective

the plan's major thrust is testing — Ryan Lizza

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