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Force vs. Thrust

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Forcenoun

Strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigour; might; capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect.

‘the force of an appeal, an argument, or a contract’;

Thrustnoun

(fencing) An attack made by moving the sword parallel to its length and landing with the point.

‘Pierre was a master swordsman, and could parry the thrusts of lesser men with barely a thought.’;

Forcenoun

Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion.

Thrustnoun

A push, stab, or lunge forward (the act thereof.)

‘The cutpurse tried to knock her satchel from her hands, but she avoided his thrust and yelled, "Thief!"’;

Forcenoun

(countable) Anything that is able to make a big change in a person or thing.

Thrustnoun

The force generated by propulsion, as in a jet engine.

‘Spacecraft are engineering marvels, designed to resist the thrust of liftoff, as well as the reverse pressure of the void.’;

Forcenoun

A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body and which has a direction and is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)

Thrustnoun

(figuratively) The primary effort; the goal.

‘Ostensibly, the class was about public health in general, but the main thrust was really sex education.’;

Forcenoun

Something or anything that has the power to produce a physical effect upon something else, such as causing it to move or change shape.

Thrustverb

(intransitive) To make advance with force.

‘We thrust at the enemy with our forces.’;

Forcenoun

(countable) A group that aims to attack, control, or constrain.

‘police force’;

Thrustverb

(transitive) To force something upon someone.

‘I asked her not to thrust the responsibility on me.’;

Forcenoun

(uncountable) The ability to attack, control, or constrain.

‘show of force’;

Thrustverb

(transitive) To push out or extend rapidly or powerfully.

‘He thrust his arm into the icy stream and grabbed a wriggling fish, astounding the observers.’;

Forcenoun

(countable) A magic trick in which the outcome is known to the magician beforehand, especially one involving the apparent free choice of a card by another person.

Thrustverb

(transitive) To push or drive with force; to shove.

‘to thrust anything with the hand or foot, or with an instrument’;

Forcenoun

(legal) Legal validity.

‘The law will come into force in January.’;

Thrustverb

(intransitive) To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.

Forcenoun

(legal) Either unlawful violence, as in a "forced entry", or lawful compulsion.

Thrustverb

To stab; to pierce; usually with through.

Forcenoun

Ability of an utterance or its element (word, form, prosody, ...) to effect a given meaning.

Thrustnoun

Thrist.

Forcenoun

(science fiction) A binding, metaphysical, and ubiquitous power in the fictional Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.

Thrustnoun

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,And often reaches, and his thrusts renews.’;

Forcenoun

A waterfall or cascade.

Thrustnoun

An attack; an assault.

‘One thrust at your pure, pretended mechanism.’;

Forceverb

(transitive) To violate (a woman); to rape.

Thrustnoun

The force or pressure of one part of a construction against other parts; especially (Arch.), a horizontal or diagonal outward pressure, as of an arch against its abutments, or of rafters against the wall which support them.

Forceverb

To exert oneself, to do one's utmost.

Thrustnoun

The breaking down of the roof of a gallery under its superincumbent weight.

Forceverb

(transitive) To compel (someone or something) to do something.

Thrustverb

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.’;

Forceverb

(transitive) To constrain by force; to overcome the limitations or resistance of.

Thrustverb

To stab; to pierce; - usually with through.

Forceverb

(transitive) To drive (something) by force, to propel (generally + prepositional phrase or adverb).

Thrustverb

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

Forceverb

(transitive) To cause to occur (despite inertia, resistance etc.); to produce through force.

‘The comedian's jokes weren't funny, but I forced a laugh now and then.’;

Thrustverb

To enter by pushing; to squeeze in.

‘And thrust between my father and the god.’;

Forceverb

(transitive) To forcibly open (a door, lock etc.).

‘To force a lock.’;

Thrustverb

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

‘As doth an eager houndThrust to an hind within some covert glade.’;

Forceverb

To obtain or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress.

Thrustnoun

the force used in pushing;

‘the push of the water on the walls of the tank’; ‘the thrust of the jet engines’;

Forceverb

To create an out by touching a base in advance of a runner who has no base to return to while in possession of a ball which has already touched the ground.

‘Jones forced the runner at second by stepping on the bag.’;

Thrustnoun

a thrusting blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument;

‘one strong stab to the heart killed him’;

Forceverb

(whist) To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit that he/she does not hold.

Thrustnoun

the act of applying force to propel something;

‘after reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off’;

Forceverb

(archaic) To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.

Thrustnoun

verbal criticism;

‘he enlivened his editorials with barbed thrusts at politicians’;

Forceverb

(archaic) To provide with forces; to reinforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.

Thrustnoun

a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow);

‘he warned me with a jab with his finger’; ‘he made a thrusting motion with his fist’;

Forceverb

(obsolete) To allow the force of; to value; to care for.

Thrustverb

push forcefully;

‘He thrust his chin forward’;

Forceverb

To stuff; to lard; to farce.

Thrustverb

press or force;

‘Stuff money into an envelope’; ‘She thrust the letter into his hand’;

Forceverb

To stuff; to lard; to farce.

‘Wit larded with malice, and malice forced with wit.’;

Thrustverb

make a thrusting forward movement

Forceverb

To constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible; to compel by physical, moral, or intellectual means; to coerce; as, masters force slaves to labor.

Thrustverb

impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably;

‘She forced her diet fads on him’;

Forceverb

To compel, as by strength of evidence; as, to force conviction on the mind.

Thrustverb

penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

Forceverb

To do violence to; to overpower, or to compel by violence to one's will; especially, to ravish; to violate; to commit rape upon.

‘To force their monarch and insult the court.’; ‘I should have forced thee soon wish other arms.’; ‘To force a spotless virgin's chastity.’;

Thrustverb

geology: thrust (molten rock) into pre-existing rock

Forceverb

To obtain, overcome, or win by strength; to take by violence or struggle; specifically, to capture by assault; to storm, as a fortress; as, to force the castle; to force a lock.

Thrustverb

push upward;

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

Forceverb

To impel, drive, wrest, extort, get, etc., by main strength or violence; - with a following adverb, as along, away, from, into, through, out, etc.

‘It stuck so fast, so deeply buried layThat scarce the victor forced the steel away.’; ‘To force the tyrant from his seat by war.’; ‘Ethelbert ordered that none should be forced into religion.’;

Thrustverb

place or put with great energy;

‘She threw the blanket around the child’; ‘thrust the money in the hands of the beggar’;

Forceverb

To put in force; to cause to be executed; to make binding; to enforce.

‘What can the church force more?’;

Thrust

Thrust is a reaction force described quantitatively by Newton's third law. When a system expels or accelerates mass in one direction, the accelerated mass will cause a force of equal magnitude but opposite direction to be applied to that system.

Forceverb

To exert to the utmost; to urge; hence, to strain; to urge to excessive, unnatural, or untimely action; to produce by unnatural effort; as, to force a conceit or metaphor; to force a laugh; to force fruits.

‘High on a mounting wave my head I bore,Forcing my strength, and gathering to the shore.’;

Forceverb

To compel (an adversary or partner) to trump a trick by leading a suit of which he has none.

Forceverb

To provide with forces; to reënforce; to strengthen by soldiers; to man; to garrison.

Forceverb

To allow the force of; to value; to care for.

‘For me, I force not argument a straw.’;

Forceverb

To use violence; to make violent effort; to strive; to endeavor.

‘Forcing with gifts to win his wanton heart.’;

Forceverb

To make a difficult matter of anything; to labor; to hesitate; hence, to force of, to make much account of; to regard.

‘Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.’; ‘I force not of such fooleries.’;

Forceverb

To be of force, importance, or weight; to matter.

‘It is not sufficient to have attained the name and dignity of a shepherd, not forcing how.’;

Forcenoun

A waterfall; a cascade.

‘To see the falls for force of the river Kent.’;

Forcenoun

Capacity of exercising an influence or producing an effect; strength or energy of body or mind; active power; vigor; might; often, an unusual degree of strength or energy; especially, power to persuade, or convince, or impose obligation; pertinency; validity; special signification; as, the force of an appeal, an argument, a contract, or a term.

‘He was, in the full force of the words, a good man.’;

Forcenoun

Power exerted against will or consent; compulsory power; violence; coercion; as, by force of arms; to take by force.

‘Which now they hold by force, and not by right.’;

Forcenoun

Strength or power for war; hence, a body of land or naval combatants, with their appurtenances, ready for action; - an armament; troops; warlike array; - often in the plural; hence, a body of men prepared for action in other ways; as, the laboring force of a plantation; the armed forces.

‘Is Lucius general of the forces?’;

Forcenoun

Strength or power exercised without law, or contrary to law, upon persons or things; violence.

Forcenoun

Any action between two bodies which changes, or tends to change, their relative condition as to rest or motion; or, more generally, which changes, or tends to change, any physical relation between them, whether mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, magnetic, or of any other kind; as, the force of gravity; cohesive force; centrifugal force.

‘Thy tears are of no force to mollifyThis flinty man.’; ‘More huge in strength than wise in works he was.’; ‘Adam and first matron EveHad ended now their orisons, and foundStrength added from above, new hope to springOut of despair.’;

Forcenoun

a unit that is part of some military service;

‘he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men’;

Forcenoun

one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority;

‘the mysterious presence of an evil power’; ‘may the force be with you’; ‘the forces of evil’;

Forcenoun

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

‘force equals mass times acceleration’;

Forcenoun

group of people willing to obey orders;

‘a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens’;

Forcenoun

a powerful effect or influence;

‘the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them’;

Forcenoun

an act of aggression (as one against a person who resists);

‘he may accomplish by craft in the long run what he cannot do by force and violence in the short one’;

Forcenoun

physical energy or intensity;

‘he hit with all the force he could muster’; ‘it was destroyed by the strength of the gale’; ‘a government has not the vitality and forcefulness of a living man’;

Forcenoun

a group of people having the power of effective action;

‘he joined forces with a band of adventurers’;

Forcenoun

(of a law) having legal validity;

‘the law is still in effect’;

Forceverb

to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :

‘She forced him to take a job in the city’; ‘He squeezed her for information’;

Forceverb

urge or force (a person) to an action; constrain or motivate

Forceverb

move with force,

‘He pushed the table into a corner’;

Forceverb

impose or thrust urgently, importunately, or inexorably;

‘She forced her diet fads on him’;

Forceverb

squeeze like a wedge into a tight space;

‘I squeezed myself into the corner’;

Forceverb

force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically;

‘She rammed her mind into focus’; ‘He drives me mad’;

Forceverb

do forcibly; exert force;

‘Don't force it!’;

Forceverb

cause to move along the ground by pulling;

‘draw a wagon’; ‘pull a sled’;

Forceverb

take by force;

‘Storm the fort’;

Forcenoun

strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement

‘he was thrown backwards by the force of the explosion’;

Forcenoun

an influence tending to change the motion of a body or produce motion or stress in a stationary body. The magnitude of such an influence is often calculated by multiplying the mass of the body and its acceleration.

Forcenoun

used with a number as a measure of wind strength on the Beaufort scale

‘a force-nine gale’;

Forcenoun

coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence

‘they ruled by law and not by force’;

Forcenoun

mental or moral strength or power

‘the force of popular opinion’;

Forcenoun

a person or thing regarded as exerting power or influence

‘he might still be a force for peace and unity’;

Forcenoun

the powerful effect of something

‘the Committee accepted the force of this argument’;

Forcenoun

an organized body of military personnel or police

‘a British peacekeeping force’;

Forcenoun

troops and weaponry

‘a battle between the forces of good and evil’; ‘left-wing guerrilla forces’;

Forcenoun

the army, navy, and air force of a country.

Forcenoun

the police.

Forcenoun

a group of people brought together and organized for a particular activity

‘a sales force’;

Forcenoun

a waterfall.

Forceverb

make a way through or into by physical strength; break open by force

‘the back door of the bank was forced’;

Forceverb

drive or push into a specified position or state using physical strength or against resistance

‘thieves tried to force open the cash register’; ‘Mark forced her arms back above her head’;

Forceverb

achieve or bring about (something) by effort

‘Sabine forced a smile’; ‘they forced a way through the crowd’;

Forceverb

artificially hasten the development or maturity of (a plant).

Forceverb

make (someone) do something against their will

‘the universities were forced to cut staff’; ‘she was forced into early retirement’;

Forceverb

put out (a runner) by necessitating an advance to the next base when it is not possible to do so safely.

Force

In physics, a force is any influence that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object. A force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity (which includes to begin moving from a state of rest), i.e., to accelerate.

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