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·ing, a. Pressing forward in business; enterprising; driving; energetic; also, forward; officious, intrusive. -- Push*ing*ly, adv.
adj : marked by aggressive ambition and energy and initiative; "an
aggressive young exective"; "a pushful insurance
agent"; "a pushing youth intent on getting on in the
world" [syn: aggressive, enterprising, pushful, pushy]
n : the act of applying force in order to move something away;
"he gave the door a hard push"; "the pushing is good
exercise" [syn: push]