Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Thrust noun & v. Thrist. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Thrust transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thrust
; present participle & verbal noun Thrusting
.] [ Middle English ...rusten
, Icelandic ...r...st...
to thrust, press, force, compel; perhaps akin to English threat
.] 1. To push or drive with force; to drive, force, or impel; to shove; as, to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument.
Into a dungeon thrust , to work with slaves. Milton. 2. To stab; to pierce; -- usually with through . To thrust away
, to push away; to reject.
-- To thrust in
, to push or drive in.
-- To thrust off
, to push away.
- - To thrust on
, to impel; to urge.
-- To thrust one's self in
, to obtrude upon, to intrude, as into a room; to enter (a place) where one is not invited or not welcome.
-- To thrust out
, to drive out or away; to expel.
-- To thrust through
, to pierce; to stab.
"I am eight times thrust through
the doublet." Shak.
-- To thrust together
, to compress.
Thrust intransitive verb 1. To make a push; to attack with a pointed weapon; as, a fencer thrusts at his antagonist. 2. To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.
And thrust between my father and the god. Dryden. 3. To push forward; to come with force; to press on; to intrude.
"Young, old, thrust
there in mighty concourse." Chapman. To thrust to
, to rush upon.
As doth an eager hound Spenser.
Thrust to an hind within some covert glade.
Thrust noun 1. A violent push or driving, as with a pointed weapon moved in the direction of its length, or with the hand or foot, or with any instrument; a stab; -- a word much used as a term of fencing.
[ Polites] Pyrrhus with his lance pursues, Dryden. 2. An attack; an assault.
And often reaches, and his thrusts renews.
One thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism. Dr. H. More. 3. (Mech.) The force or pressure of one part of a construction against other parts; especially (Architecture) , a horizontal or diagonal outward pressure, as of an arch against its abutments, or of rafters against the wall which support them. 4. (Mining) The breaking down of the roof of a gallery under its superincumbent weight. Thrust bearing (Screw Steamers)
, a bearing arranged to receive the thrust or endwise pressure of the screw shaft.
-- Thrust plane (Geol.)
, the surface along which dislocation has taken place in the case of a reversed fault. Syn.
-- Push; shove; assault; attack. Thrust
usually imply the application of force by a body already in contact with the body to be impelled. Thrust
, often, but not always, implies the impulse or application of force by a body which is in motion before it reaches the body to be impelled.
Thruster noun One who thrusts or stabs.
Thrusting noun Thrusting screw , the screw of a screw press, as for pressing curd in making cheese. [ R.]
1. The act of pushing with force. 2. (Dairies) (a) The act of squeezing curd with the hand, to expel the whey. (b) plural The white whey, or that which is last pressed out of the curd by the hand, and of which butter is sometimes made. [ Written also thrutchthings .] [ Prov. Eng.]
Thrustle noun (Zoology) The throstle, or song thrust.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]
When he heard the thrustel sing. Chaucer.
Thryes adjective Thrice. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Thryfallow transitive verb
[ Perhaps from thrice + fallow
. Confer Trifallow
.] To plow for the third time in summer; to trifallow.
[ R.] [ Written also thrifallow
[ Confer Anglo-Saxon þōden
a whirlwind, violent wind, or English thump
.] A dull sound without resonance, like that produced by striking with, or striking against, some comparatively soft substance; also, the stroke or blow producing such sound; as, the thrud of a cannon ball striking the earth.
At every new thud of the blast, a sob arose. Jeffrey.
At intervals there came some tremendous thud on the side of the steamer. C. Mackay.
Thud intransitive verb & t. To make, or strike so as to make, a dull sound, or thud.
Hardly the softest thudding of velvety pads. A. C. Doyle.
The waves break into spray, dash and rumble and thud below your feet. H. F. Brown.
Thug noun [ Hind. thag a deceiver, robber.] One of an association of robbers and murderers in India who practiced murder by stealthy approaches, and from religious motives. They have been nearly exterminated by the British government.
Thug noun An assassin; a ruffian; a rough. " Thugs and midnight rounders." The Century.
Thuggee noun [ Hind. ...hagī .] The practice of secret or stealthy murder by Thugs. "One of the suppressors of Thuggee ." J. D. Hooker.
Thuggery, Thuggism noun Thuggee.
[ New Latin , from Greek ... an African tree with sweet-smelling wood.] (Botany) A genus of evergreen trees, thickly branched, remarkable for the distichous arrangement of their branches, and having scalelike, closely imbricated, or compressed leaves.
[ Written also thuya
.] See Thyine wood
. » Thuja occidentalis
is the Arbor vitæ
of the Eastern and Northern United States. T. gigantea
of North-waetern America is a very large tree, there called red cedar
, and canoe cedar
, and furnishes a useful timber.
Thule noun [ Latin Thule , Thyle , Greek ..., ....] The name given by ancient geographers to the northernmost part of the habitable world. According to some, this land was Norway, according to others, Iceland, or more probably Mainland, the largest of the Shetland islands; hence, the Latin phrase ultima Thule , farthest Thule.
Thulia noun [ New Latin ] (Chemistry) Oxide of thulium.
[ New Latin See Thule
.] (Chemistry) A rare metallic element of uncertain properties and identity, said to have been found in the mineral gadolinite.
[ Middle English thombe
, Anglo-Saxon þūma
; akin to OFries. thūma
, Dutch duim
, German daumen
, Old High German dūmo
, Icelandic þumall
, Danish tommel
finger, Swedish tumme
, and perhaps to Latin tumere
to swell. √56. Confer Thimble
.] The short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex .
Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. Chaucer. Thumb band
, a twist of anything as thick as the thumb. Mortimer.
-- Thumb blue
, indigo in the form of small balls or lumps, used by washerwomen to blue linen, and the like.
-- Thumb latch
, a door latch having a lever formed to be pressed by the thumb.
-- Thumb mark
. (a) The mark left by the impression of a thumb, as on the leaves of a book. Longfellow. (b) The dark spot over each foot in finely bred black and tan terriers.
-- Thumb nut
, a nut for a screw, having wings to grasp between the thumb and fingers in turning it; also, a nut with a knurled rim for the same perpose.
-- Thumb ring
, a ring worn on the thumb. Shak.
-- Thumb stall
. (a) A kind of thimble or ferrule of iron, or leather, for protecting the thumb in making sails, and in other work. (b) (Mil.) A buckskin cushion worn on the thumb, and used to close the vent of a cannon while it is sponged, or loaded.
-- Under one's thumb
, completely under one's power or influence; in a condition of subservience.
Thumb transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thumbed
; present participle & verbal noun Thumbing
.] 1. To handle awkwardly. Johnson. 2. To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune. 3. To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon.
He gravely informed the enemy that all his cards had been thumbed to pieces, and begged them to let him have a few more packs. Macaulay.
Thumb intransitive verb To play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum.
Thumbbird noun The goldcrest. [ Prov. Eng.]
1. Having thumbs. 2. Soiled by handling.
Thumbkin noun An instrument of torture for compressing the thumb; a thumbscrew.
Thumbless adjective Without a thumb. Darwin.
1. A screw having a flat-sided or knurled head, so that it may be turned by the thumb and forefinger. 2. An old instrument of torture for compressing the thumb by a screw; a thumbkin.
Thummie noun The chiff-chaff. [ Prov. Eng.]
Thummim noun plural
[ Hebrew , plural of thōm
perfection.] A mysterious part or decoration of the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. See the note under Urim .
[ Probably of imitative origin; perhaps influenced by dump
, v.t.] 1. The sound made by the sudden fall or blow of a heavy body, as of a hammer, or the like.
The distant forge's swinging thump profound. Wordsworth.
With heavy thump , a lifeless lump, Coleridge. 2. A blow or knock, as with something blunt or heavy; a heavy fall.
They dropped down, one by one.
The watchman gave so great a thump at my door, that I awaked at the knock. Tatler.
Thump transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thumped
; present participle & verbal noun Thumping
.] To strike or beat with something thick or heavy, or so as to cause a dull sound.
These bastard Bretons; whom our hathers Shak.
Have in their own land beaten, bobbed, and thumped .
Thump intransitive verb To give a thump or thumps; to strike or fall with a heavy blow; to pound.
A watchman at midnight thumps with his pole. Swift.
Thumper noun One who, or that which, thumps.
Thumping adjective Heavy; large. [ Colloq.]
[ Middle English þunder
, Anglo-Saxon þunor
; akin to þunian
to stretch, to thunder, Dutch donder
thunder, German donner
, Old High German donar
, Icelandic þōrr
Thor, Latin tonare
to thunder, tonitrus
thunder, Greek to`nos
a stretching, straining, Sanskrit tan
to stretch. √52. See Thin
, and confer Astonish
.] 1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity. 2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
The revenging gods Shak. 3. Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon. 4. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation.
'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend.
The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes. Prescott. Thunder pumper
. (Zoology) (a) The croaker ( Haploidontus grunniens ). (b) The American bittern or stake-driver.
-- Thunder rod
, a lightning rod.
[ R.] -- Thunder snake
. (Zoology) (a) The chicken, or milk, snake. (b) A small reddish ground snake ( Carphophis, or Celuta, amœna ) native to the Eastern United States; -- called also worm snake .
-- Thunder tube
, a fulgurite. See Fulgurite .
Thunder intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Thundered
; present participle & verbal noun Thundering
.] [ Anglo-Saxon þunrian
. See Thunder
] 1. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally; as, it thundered continuously.
Canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Job xl. 9. 2. Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance.
His dreadful voice no more Milton. 3. To utter violent denunciation.
Would thunder in my ears.
Thunder transitive verb To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation.
Oracles severe Dryden.
Were daily thundered in our general's ear.
An archdeacon, as being a prelate, may thunder out an ecclesiastical censure. Ayliffe.
Thunderbird noun (Zoology) An Australian insectivorous singing bird ( Pachycephala gutturalis ). The male is conspicuously marked with black and yellow, and has a black crescent on the breast. Called also white-throated thickhead , orange-breasted thrust , black-crowned thrush , guttural thrush , and black-breasted flycatcher .
Thunderbolt noun 1. A shaft of lightning; a brilliant stream of electricity passing from one part of the heavens to another, or from the clouds to the earth. 2. Something resembling lightning in suddenness and effectiveness.
The Scipios' worth, those thunderbolts of war. Dryden. 3. Vehement threatening or censure; especially, ecclesiastical denunciation; fulmination.
He severely threatens such with the thunderbolt of excommunication. Hakewill. 4. (Paleon.) A belemnite, or thunderstone. Thunderbolt beetle (Zoology)
, a long- horned beetle ( Arhopalus fulminans ) whose larva bores in the trunk of oak and chestnut trees. It is brownish and bluish-black, with W-shaped whitish or silvery markings on the elytra.
Thunderburst noun A burst of thunder.
Thunderclap noun A sharp burst of thunder; a sudden report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
that make them quake." Spenser.
When suddenly the thunderclap was heard. Dryden.
Thundercloud noun A cloud charged with electricity, and producing lightning and thunder.
Thunderer noun One who thunders; -- used especially as a translation of Latin tonans , an epithet applied by the Romans to several of their gods, esp. to Jupiter.
That dreadful oath which binds the Thunderer . Pope.
Thunderfish noun (Zoology) A large European loach ( Misgurnus fossilis ).
Thunderhead noun A rounded mass of cloud, with shining white edges; a cumulus, -- often appearing before a thunderstorm.
Thundering adjective 1. Emitting thunder.
Roll the thundering chariot o'er the ground. J. Trumbull. 2. Very great; -- often adverbially.
[ Slang] -- Thun"der*ing*ly
Thundering noun Thunder. Rev. iv. 5.
Thunderless adjective Without thunder or noise.
[ Written also thundrous
.] 1. Producing thunder.
How he before the thunderous throne doth lie. Milton. 2. Making a noise like thunder; sounding loud and deep; sonorous.
Thunderproof adjective Secure against the effects of thunder or lightning.
Thundershower noun A shower accompanied with lightning and thunder.
Thunderstone noun 1. A thunderbolt, -- formerly believed to be a stone.
Fear no more the lightning flash, Shak. 2. (Paleon.) A belemnite. See Belemnite .
Nor the all-dreaded thunderstone .