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English noun: thrust

1. thrust (phenomenon) the force used in pushing

SamplesThe push of the water on the walls of the tank.
The thrust of the jet engines.


Broader (hypernym)force

2. thrust (act) a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

SamplesOne strong stab to the heart killed him.

Synonymsknife thrust, stab

Broader (hypernym)blow

Narrower (hyponym)lunge, passado, remise, straight thrust

3. thrust (act) the act of applying force to propel something

SamplesAfter reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off.

Synonymsdrive, driving force

Broader (hypernym)actuation, propulsion

Narrower (hyponym)firewall, impetus, impulse, impulsion

4. thrust (communication) verbal criticism

SamplesHe enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians.

Broader (hypernym)criticism, unfavorable judgment

5. thrust (act) a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)

SamplesHe warned me with a jab with his finger.
He made a thrusting motion with his fist.

Synonymsjab, jabbing, poke, poking, thrusting

Broader (hypernym)gesture

English verb: thrust

1. thrust (motion) push forcefully

SamplesHe thrust his chin forward.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)force, push

Narrower (hyponym)boost, dig, dig, drive, force, jab, jab, poke, pound, prod, punch, ram, ram, ram down, shoulder, stab, stab

2. thrust (motion) press or force

SamplesStuff money into an envelope.
She thrust the letter into his hand.

ExamplesThey thrust the books into the box

Synonymsshove, squeeze, stuff

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)force, push

3. thrust (motion) make a thrusting forward movement

Synonymshurl, hurtle, lunge

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)dart, riposte

4. thrust (communication) impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably

SamplesShe forced her diet fads on him.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

Narrower (hyponym)stick, sting

5. thrust (contact) penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)penetrate, perforate

Narrower (hyponym)center punch, empale, gore, horn, impale, lance, peg, spike, stick, stick, transfix, tusk

6. thrust (stative) force (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Verb grouppush up, thrust

Domain categorygeology

7. thrust (stative) push upward

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

Synonymspush up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)jut, jut out, project, protrude, stick out

Verb groupthrust

8. thrust (contact) place or put with great energy

SamplesShe threw the blanket around the child.
Thrust the money in the hands of the beggar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)pop

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