Meaning of THRUST in English


v. & n.

--v. (past and past part. thrust)

1. tr. push with a sudden impulse or with force (thrust the letter into my pocket).

2 tr. (foll. by on) impose (a thing) forcibly; enforce acceptance of (a thing) (had it thrust on me).

3 intr. (foll. by at, through) pierce or stab; make a sudden lunge.

4 tr. make (one's way) forcibly.

5 intr. (foll. by through, past, etc.) force oneself (thrust past me abruptly).


1. a sudden or forcible push or lunge.

2 the propulsive force developed by a jet or rocket engine.

3 a strong attempt to penetrate an enemy's line or territory.

4 a remark aimed at a person.

5 the stress between the parts of an arch etc.

6 (often foll. by of) the chief theme or gist of remarks etc.

7 an attack with the point of a weapon.

8 (in full thrust fault) Geol. a low-angle reverse fault, with older strata displaced horizontally over newer.

Phrases and idioms:

thrust-block a casting or frame carrying or containing the bearings on which the collars of a propeller shaft press. thrust oneself (or one's nose) in obtrude, interfere. thrust stage a stage extending into the audience.

Etymology: ME thruste etc. f. ON thr|sta

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.