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Meaning of push by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English pushen, poshen, posson, from Middle French pousser ( Modern French pousser ) from Old French poulser, from Latin pulsare, frequentative of pellere ( past participle pulsus ) "to beat, strike". Displaced native Middle English thrucchen ( “to push” ) ( from Old English þryccan ( “to push” ) ), Middle English scauten ( “to push, thrust” ) ( from Old Norse skota ), Middle English schoven ( “to push, shove” ) ( from Old English scofian ), Middle English schuven ( “to shove, push” ) ( from Old English scūfan, scēofan ( “to shove, push, thrust” ) ), Middle English thuden, thudden ( “to push, press, thrust” ) ( from Old English þȳdan, þyddan ( “to thrust, press, push” ) ) .


    • enPR: po͝osh, IPA: /pʊʃ/, X-SAMPA: /pUS/
    • Rhymes: -ʊʃ




    push ( plural: pushes )

    1. A short, directed application of force; an act of pushing .
      Give the door a hard push if it sticks .
    2. An act of tensing the muscles of the abdomen in order to expel its contents .
      One more push and the baby will be out .
    3. A great effort ( to do something ) .
      Some details got lost in the push to get the project done .
      Let's give one last push on our advertising campaign .
    4. ( military ) A marching or drill maneuver/manoeuvre performed by moving a formation ( especially a company front ) forward or toward the audience, usually to accompany a dramatic climax or crescendo in the music .
    5. A wager that results in no loss or gain for the bettor as a result of a tie or even score
    6. ( computing ) The addition of a data item to the top of a stack .
    7. ( Internet, uncountable ) The situation where a server sends data to a client without waiting for a request, as in server push, push technology .
    8. ( dated ) A crowd or throng or people

    Derived terms

Explanation of push by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. press, drive, or impel ( someone ) to action or completion of an action

    2. He pushed her to finish her doctorate
    3. make publicity for

    4. The salesman is aggressively pushing the new computer model
    5. make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby

    6. `Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman
    7. move with force,

    8. He pushed the table into a corner
    9. press against forcefully without moving

    10. she pushed against the wall with all her strength
    11. move strenuously and with effort

    12. The crowd pushed forward
    13. approach a certain age or speed

    14. She is pushing fifty
    15. sell or promote the sale of ( illegal goods such as drugs )

    16. The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs
    17. strive and make an effort to reach a goal

    18. We have to push a little to make the deadline!
    19. exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person

    20. The liberal party pushed for reforms
      The Dean is pushing for his favorite candidate
    1. the act of applying force in order to move something away

    2. he gave the door a hard push
      the pushing is good exercise
    3. an effort to advance

    4. the army made a push toward the sea
    5. an electrical switch operated by pressing

    6. the elevator was operated by push buttons
      the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk
    7. enterprising or ambitious drive

    8. the force used in pushing

    9. the push of the water on the walls of the tank

    Definition of push by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Push n. [Probably F. poche. See Pouch.] A pustule; a pimple. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Bacon.

    2. Push, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pushed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pushing.] [OE. possen, pussen, F. pousser, fr. L. pulsare, v. intens. fr. pellere, pulsum, to beat, knock, push. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Pursy.]
      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.” Dryden.

      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.

    3. Push, v. i.
      1. To make a thrust; to shove; as, “to push with the horns or with a sword”. Shak.

      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.

    4. Push, n.
      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.

    5. Push, n. A crowd; a company or clique of associates; a gang. [Slang]