• The Reluctant Thruster
    The Reluctant Thruster
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n thruster a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft
    • n thruster one who intrudes or pushes himself forward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Thruster One who thrusts or stabs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thruster One who thrusts or stabs; hence, a swordsman.
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In literature:

To do him justice, he was in no wise a thruster.
"Foe-Farrell" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Colonel of the Regiment was a thruster.
"With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia" by Anonymous
We're giving away our thruster engineering, Russia's leading technology.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
Not for us the intemperate delights of the thruster.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
And who was the thruster?
"Rebecca's Promise" by Frances R. Sterrett

In news:

After a self-imposed ban on freeway driving for a week, those four unleashed cylinders of raw combustive power felt like rocket thrusters.
Ocean Works will be a stocking dealer with complete parts and systems for Wesmar's line of bow thrusters, roll fin stabilizers, and sport fishing sonars.
TT-PM Tunnel Thruster: Image credit Rolls Royce.
thrusters has gone the way of the beta tape.
Heavy duty T4 thruster offers smooth actuation and high static load-carrying capability.
P5T2 short-stroke thruster comes in 12, 16, 20, 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, 80, and 100-mm bore sizes with strokes to 200 mm.
As a result, TRAC thrusters generate up to 50% more thrust than competing thrusters of the same diameter.
TRAC thrusters generate more thrust per input horsepower than those with single propellers.
Hydraulic bow thrusters make boats more maneuverable for docking.
This put them at risk of both thermal damage from the thrusters themselves and, more likely, to chemical contamination from the fuel used by the thrusters .
Factory Trained diver / technician inspecting potential damage to the pitch control system on the tunnel thruster.
After a sluggish start against Salina Central, the Shawnee Heights Thunderbirds turned on the thrusters and ended up cruising back to the state tournament.
Using a bow thruster to get a 36-foot boat off the dock was new to me, but fair to say, the folks at Island Packet know what they're doing.
Maybe you should consider a bow thruster.
No thrusters, no propellers, just flapping wings.

In science:

Environmental force noise can be screened by a satellite shield employing precision thrusters and a relative position sensor to remain centered about the free-falling test mass.
Achieving geodetic motion for LISA test masses: ground testing result
Also, several different kinds of thrusters (FEEPS, colloidal thusters, cold gas) will be employed, to help determine the best choice for LISA.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
In order to achieve this high purity of geodesic motion, environmental noisy forces are screened by shielding the test masses in a drag-free satellite, with precision thrusters driven by a position sensor in order to minimize the test mass - satellite relative displacement.
Measuring the LISA test mass magnetic proprieties with a torsion pendulum
The ma jor perturbation to the spacecraft tra jectory is from local spacecraft disturbances, such as gas leaks for thruster valves and solar radiation pressure.
Science, Technology and Mission Design for the Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity
For the system control, this testing to know the controlling thruster Dead Zone. The testing installation was shown in figure 2. Results of the testing in the plot in the graph in figure3.
Heading Lock Maneuver Testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle