Push Push, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pushed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pushing}.] [OE. possen, pussen, F. pousser, fr. L. pulsare, v. intens. fr. pellere, pulsum, to beat, knock, push. See {Pulse} a beating, and cf. {Pursy}.] 1. To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to {draw}. [1913 Webster]

Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore. [1913 Webster]

If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned. --Ex. xxi. 32. [1913 Webster]

3. To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far. `` To push his fortune.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honor to the actor. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

We are pushed for an answer. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

4. To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass. [1913 Webster]

5. To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease. [1913 Webster]

{To push down}, to overthrow by pushing or impulse. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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