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THRUST, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive thrust [Latin trudo, trusum, trusito.]

1. To push or drive with force; as, to thrust any thing with the hand or foot, or with an instrument.

Neither shall one thrust another. Joel 2:8. John 20:25.

2. To drive; to force; to impel.

To thrust away or from, to push away; to reject. Acts 7:27.

To thrust in, to push or drive in.

THRUST in thy sickle and reap. Revelation 14:15.

To thrust on, to impel; to urge.

To thrust off, to push away.

To thrust through, to pierce; to stab. Numbers 25:8. 2 Samuel 18:14.

To thrust out, to drive out or away; to expel. Exodus 12:39.

To thrust one's self, to obtrude; to intrude; to enter where one is not invited or not welcome.

To thrust together, to compress.

THRUST, verb intransitive To make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon; as, a fencer thrusts at his antagonist.

1. To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.

And thrust between my father and the god.

2. To intrude.

3. To push forward; to come with force; to press on.

Young, old, thrust there

In mighty concourse.

THRUST, noun A violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a word much used in fencing.

Polites Pyrrhus with his lance pursues,

And often reaches, and his thrusts renews.

1. Attack; assault.

There is one thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism.

[Note. Push and shove do not exactly express the sense of thrust The two former imply the application of force by one body already in contact with the body to be impelled. thrust on the contrary, often implies the impulse or application of force by a moving body, a body in motion before it reaches the body to be impelled. This distinction does not extend to every case.]