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THRUST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does thrust mean? 

THRUST (noun)
  The noun THRUST has 5 senses:

1. the force used in pushing
2. a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
3. the act of applying force to propel something
4. verbal criticism
5. a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

  Familiarity information: THRUST used as a noun is common.


THRUST (verb)
  The verb THRUST has 8 senses:

1. push forcefully
2. press or force
3. make a thrusting forward movement
4. impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably
5. penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
6. force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock
7. push upward
8. place or put with great energy

  Familiarity information: THRUST used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


THRUST (noun)


Sense 1thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The force used in pushing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

thrust; push

Context examples:

the push of the water on the walls of the tank / the thrust of the jet engines

Hypernyms ("thrust" is a kind of...):

force ((physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity)


Sense 2thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

knife thrust; thrust; stab

Context example:

one strong stab to the heart killed him

Hypernyms ("thrust" is a kind of...):

blow (a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "thrust"):

lunge; passado; straight thrust ((fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward)

remise ((fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte))


Sense 3thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of applying force to propel something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

drive; driving force; thrust

Context example:

after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off

Hypernyms ("thrust" is a kind of...):

actuation; propulsion (the act of propelling)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "thrust"):

firewall ((colloquial) the application of maximum thrust)

impetus; impulse; impulsion (the act of applying force suddenly)


Sense 4thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Verbal criticism

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians

Hypernyms ("thrust" is a kind of...):

criticism; unfavorable judgment (disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings)


Sense 5thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

thrusting; poking; jabbing; jab; poke; thrust

Context examples:

he warned me with a jab with his finger / he made a thrusting motion with his fist

Hypernyms ("thrust" is a kind of...):

gesture (motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling)


THRUST (verb)


Sense 1thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Push forcefully

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

He thrust his chin forward

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thrust"):

punch (drive forcibly as if by a punch)

pound; ram; ram down (strike or drive against with a heavy impact)

drive; force; ram (force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically)

boost (push or shove upward, as if from below or behind)

shoulder (push with the shoulders)

jab; stab (stab or pierce)

dig; jab; poke; prod; stab (poke or thrust abruptly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Also:

thrust ahead (push one's way)


Sense 2thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Press or force

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

thrust; stuff; shove; squeeze

Context examples:

Stuff money into an envelope / She thrust the letter into his hand

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

force; push (move with force,)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They thrust the books into the box


Sense 3thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a thrusting forward movement

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

lunge; hurtle; hurl; thrust

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thrust"):

dart (move with sudden speed)

riposte (make a return thrust)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

thrust; force

Context example:

She forced her diet fads on him

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

compel; obligate; oblige (force or compel somebody to do something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thrust"):

stick; sting (saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something on somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Sense 5thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

pierce; thrust

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

penetrate; perforate (pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thrust"):

lance (pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight)

gore (wound by piercing with a sharp or penetrating object or instrument)

horn; tusk (stab or pierce with a horn or tusk)

empale; impale; spike; transfix (pierce with a sharp stake or point)

center punch (make a small hole in something as a guide for a drill)

peg (pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into)

stick (pierce with a thrust using a pointed instrument)

stick (pierce or penetrate or puncture with something pointed)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 6thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Domain category:

geology (a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 7thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Push upward

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

push up; thrust

Context example:

The front of the trains that had collided head-on thrust up into the air

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

jut; jut out; project; protrude; stick out (extend out or project in space)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 8thrust [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Place or put with great energy

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

throw; thrust

Context examples:

She threw the blanket around the child / thrust the money in the hands of the beggar

Hypernyms (to "thrust" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "thrust"):

pop (put or thrust suddenly and forcefully)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something PP


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