Definition of


  1. (noun, phenomenon) the force used in pushing
    the thrust of the jet engines
  2. (noun, act) a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
  3. (noun, act) the act of applying force to propel something
  4. (noun, communication) verbal criticism
  5. (noun, act) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    he made a thrusting motion with his fist
  6. (verb, motion) push forcefully
  7. (verb, motion) press or force
    She thrust the letter into his hand
  8. (verb, motion) make a thrusting forward movement
  9. (verb, communication) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
  10. (verb, contact) penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  11. (verb, stative) force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock
  12. (verb, stative) push upward
  13. (verb, contact) place or put with great energy
    thrust the money in the hands of the beggar

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Thrust

  1. c.1175, from O.N. ?rysta "to thrust, force," from P.Gmc. *thrustijanan, perhaps from PIE *trud- "push, press" (see threat), but OED finds this derivation doubtful. The noun is recorded from 1513; fig. sense of "principal theme, aim, point, purpose" is recorded from 1968. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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