thrust
I. verb (thrust; thrusting) 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 5. 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 1. 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 1. a. a push or lunge with a pointed weapon b. (1) a verbal attack (2) a military assault 2. 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 3. a. a forward or upward push b. a movement (as by a group of people) in a specified direction 4. 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
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Thrust — Thrust, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thrust}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thrusting}.] [OE. ?rusten, ?risten, ?resten, Icel. ?r?st? to thrust, press, force, compel; perhaps akin to E. threat.] 1. To push or drive with force; to drive, force, or impel; to shove; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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