verb (thrusts, thrusting; past and past participle thrust)[with object]
- 1Push (something or someone) suddenly or violently in the specified direction: she thrust her hands into her pockets • figurative Howard was thrust into the limelight [no object]: he thrust at his opponent with his swordMore example sentences
- It was only through the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, that, suddenly, she was thrust into the limelight, and became our Queen.
- An empty, demanding hand is thrust at us, and we press money into it.
- He was living the rock and roll lifestyle, going to endless parties where free champagne was thrust at him and he took advantage of it.
- 1.1 [no object] (Of a person) move or advance forcibly: she thrust through the bramble canes he tried to thrust his way past herMore example sentences
- And underneath all that mock facial serenity, I wished for the lift door to thrust open and once again be released into the open.
- The points flowed freely in the second half and then Richardson thrust his way through after Keith Robinson just failed to steal the ball at a ruck.
- She had been trying to thrust her way into the popular group ever since any of us could remember, and followed the popular rule about being a non-cheerleader.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a thing) extend so as to project conspicuously: beside the boathouse a jetty thrust out into the waterMore example sentences
- The twin towers of Petronas, the tallest in the world, stand like crystalline fingers thrusting into the dark Malaysian sky.
- Some of the incense is still burning while others are just cold shells, the red and pink sticks thrusting lifeless out of the sand.
- On the north-east side, the stand thrusts out at a precipitous angle, like the hull of a ship, rhythmically articulated by broad ribs, each of which contains a staircase.
- 1.3 (thrust something on/upon) Force (someone) to accept or deal with something: he felt that fame had been thrust upon himMore example sentences
- It is likely to deprive the side of a key player and thrust a fresh burden on Andrew Flintoff, who is next in line to take over the captaincy.
- Some friends do complain and very seriously too that I involuntarily thrust my opinions upon others and get my proposals accepted.
- Although she does not set out to be a crusader, she accepts the role once it is thrust upon her.
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- 1A sudden or violent lunge with a pointed weapon or a bodily part: he drove the blade upward with one powerful thrustMore example sentences
- He drew his knife and threw himself into a series of lightning-quick thrusts, parries, lunges, and dodges.
- Instead of parrying, Celia crouched under the blade's arc and reprised with an upward thrust of her own weapon.
- Michael parried the weapon with a quick thrust from his left arm and launched his tightened right fist forward.
- 1.1A forceful attack or effort: executives led a new thrust in business developmentMore example sentences
- Then, as Tolbukhin parried further German armoured thrusts, Malinovsky mounted an attack on Buda.
- As they go into battle, simultaneous armoured thrusts will be launched from Kuwait and Turkey.
- A criticism levelled at Inveraray is that the attacking thrust is often thwarted by over-elaboration among the forwards.
- 1.2 [in singular] The principal purpose or theme of a course of action or line of reasoning: anti-Americanism became the main thrust of their policyMore example sentences
- While the central themes embody the main thrust of what the text actually said, a study of the marginal and omitted ideas may be more fruitful and enlightening.
- Most of the bigger unions representing the public sector have quietly accepted the main thrust of the benchmarking report.
- The main thrust of his message was that for those who stick with sheep and are prepared to do it properly, there will be good returns.
- 2The propulsive force of a jet or rocket engine.More example sentences
- After liftoff, at nearly 100 percent of rated thrust, the engine throttles back momentarily.
- Ion propulsion is a method of propulsion that uses electrical rather than chemical forces to generate thrust for a spacecraft.
- One of the most important considerations in flight is the balance of forces maintained between thrust, drag, lift, and weight.
- 2.1The lateral pressure exerted by an arch or other support in a building.More example sentences
- The tubes resist lateral thrust caused by bead-cable tension forces that are contained within the overall assembly.
- Its main longitudinal arch thrust is held by six pre-stressed concrete ties, which are fixed into the abutment foundations.
- To resist lateral thrust, the design includes tie beams of posttensioned concrete beneath the foundation slab.
- 3 (also thrust fault) Geology A reverse fault of low angle, with older strata displaced horizontally over younger.More example sentences
- It is not known whether the thrusts and reverse faults represent reactivated extensional basement structures or formed entirely during basin inversion.
- The assumption in building a more detailed stratigraphic succession through such a deformed region is that, for the most part, reverse faults and thrusts carry older material over younger.
- In the north of the area towards the Main Zagros Reverse Fault, thrusts are dominant.
cut and thrust
- see cut.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old Norse thrýsta; perhaps related to Latin trudere 'to thrust'. The noun is first recorded (early 16th century) in the sense 'act of pressing'.