From Old Norse þrysta.
thrust (plural thrusts)
- (fencing) An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point.
- Pierre was a master swordsman, and could parry the thrusts of lesser men with barely a thought.
- A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)
- The cutpurse tried to knock her satchel from her hands, but she avoided his thrust and yelled, "Thief!"
- The force generated by propulsion, as in a jet engine.
- Spacecraft are engineering marvels, designed to resist the thrust of liftoff, as well as the reverse pressure of the void.
- (figuratively) The primary effort; the goal.
- Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.
- (push, stab, or lunge forward): break, dart, grab
- (force generated by propulsion): lift, push
- (primary effort or goal): focus, gist, point
an attack with a sword
a lunge forward
force due to propulsion
(figurative) primary effort
- (intransitive) To make advance with force.
- We thrust at the enemy with our forces.
- (transitive) To force something upon someone.
- I asked her not to thrust the responsibility on me.
- (transitive) To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.
- He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.
- To push or drive with force; to shove.
- to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument
- Into a dungeon thrust, to work with slaves.
- To stab; to pierce; usually with through.
- (advance with force): attack, charge, rush
- (force upon someone): compel, charge, force
- (push out or extend rapidly and powerfully): dart, reach, stab
make an advance with force
force something upon someone
push out or extend rapidly or powerfully