Definition of thrust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θrʌst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θrʌst//
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  1. 1the thrust [singular] the main point of an argument, a policy, etc. The thrust of his argument was that change was needed.
  2. 2[countable] a sudden strong movement that pushes something/somebody forward He killed her with a thrust of the knife.
  3. 3[uncountable] (specialist) the force that is produced by an engine to push a plane, rocket, etc. forward
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (as a verb): from Old Norse thrýsta; perhaps related to Latin trudere ‘to thrust’. The noun is first recorded (early 16th cent.) in the sense ‘act of pressing’.Extra examples She explained the broad thrust of the party’s policies. The Third Army made an aggressive thrust towards the front line. The dramatic thrust of the film centres around the conflict between the brothers. The realization that she was gone was like a knife thrust. a thrust into the unknown the main thrust of his argumentIdioms
    the cut and thrust (of something)
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    (British English) the lively or aggressive way that something is done the cut and thrust of political debate his cut-and-thrust management style
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