Push n. A pustule; a pimple. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Push, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pushed p. pr. & vb. n. Pushing.]
1. To press against with force; to drive or impel by pressure; to endeavor to drive by steady pressure, without striking; -- opposed to draw.
Sidelong had pushed a mountain from his seat. --Milton.
2. To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore.
If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned. --Ex. xxi. 32.
3. To press or urge forward; to drive; to push an objection too far. “ To push his fortune.”
Ambition pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honor to the actor. --Spectator.
We are pushed for an answer. --Swift.
4. To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass.
5. To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease.
To push down, to overthrow by pushing or impulse.
Push, v. i.
1. To make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword.
2. To make an advance, attack, or effort; to be energetic; as, a man must push in order to succeed.
At the time of the end shall the kind of the south push at him and the king of the north shall come against him. --Dan. xi. 40.
War seemed asleep for nine long years; at length
Both sides resolved to push, we tried our strength. --Dryden.
3. To burst pot, as a bud or shoot.
To push on, to drive or urge forward; to hasten.
The rider pushed on at a rapid pace. --Sir W. Scott.
1. A thrust with a pointed instrument, or with the end of a thing.
2. Any thrust. pressure, impulse, or force, or force applied; a shove; as, to give the ball the first push.
3. An assault or attack; an effort; an attempt; hence, the time or occasion for action.
Exact reformation is not perfected at the first push. --Milton.
When it comes to the push, 'tis no more than talk. --L' Estrange.
4. The faculty of overcoming obstacles; aggressive energy; as, he has push, or he has no push.
Syn: -- See Thrust.
Push, n. A crowd; a company or clique of associates; a gang. [Slang]
n 1: the act of applying force in order to move something away;
"he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good
exercise" [syn: pushing]
2: the force used in pushing; "the push of the water on the
walls of the tank"; "the thrust of the jet engines" [syn:
3: enterprising or ambitious drive; "Europeans often laugh at
American energy" [syn: energy, get-up-and-go]
4: an electrical switch operated by pressing a button; "the
elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside
the bed operated a buzzer at the desk" [syn: push button,
5: an effort to advance; "the army made a push toward the sea"
v 1: move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner" [syn: force]
2: press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of
an action; "He pushed her to finish her doctorate" [syn: bear
3: make publicity for; try to sell (a product); "The salesman
is aggressively pushing the new computer model"; "The
company is heavily advertizing their new laptops" [syn: advertise,
4: strive and make an effort to reach a goal; "She tugged for
years to make a decent living"; "We have to push a little
to make the deadline!"; "She is driving away at her
doctoral thesis" [syn: tug, labor, labour, drive]
5: press against forcefully without being able to move; "she
pushed against the wall with all her strength"
6: approach a certain age or speed; "She is pushing fifty"
7: exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to
gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or
person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for
reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean
is pushing for his favorite candidate" [syn: crusade, fight,
press, campaign, agitate]
8: sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs);
"The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
9: move strenuously and with effort; "The crowd pushed forward"
10: make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the
baby; "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"