• WordNet 3.6
    • v push press, drive, or impel (someone) to action or completion of an action "He pushed her to finish her doctorate"
    • v push 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"
    • v push make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby "`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"
    • v push move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
    • v push press against forcefully without moving "she pushed against the wall with all her strength"
    • v push move strenuously and with effort "The crowd pushed forward"
    • v push approach a certain age or speed "She is pushing fifty"
    • v push sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs) "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
    • v push 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"
    • v push 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"
    • n push the act of applying force in order to move something away "he gave the door a hard push","the pushing is good exercise"
    • n push an effort to advance "the army made a push toward the sea"
    • n push an electrical switch operated by pressing "the elevator was operated by push buttons","the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
    • n push enterprising or ambitious drive "Europeans often laugh at American energy"
    • n push the force used in pushing "the push of the water on the walls of the tank","the thrust of the jet engines"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth about half an inch a year is caused by the pressure exerted by two of Earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.
    • n Push A crowd; a company or clique of associates; a gang.
    • n Push A pustule; a pimple.
    • Push A thrust with a pointed instrument, or with the end of a thing.
    • Push An assault or attack; an effort; an attempt; hence, the time or occasion for action. "Exact reformation is not perfected at the first push .""When it comes to the push , 'tis no more than talk."
    • Push Any thrust. pressure, impulse, or force, or force applied; a shove; as, to give the ball the first push .
    • Push The faculty of overcoming obstacles; aggressive energy; as, he has push, or he has no push .
    • Push To bear hard upon; to perplex; to embarrass.
    • Push To burst pot, as a bud or shoot. "The rider pushed on at a rapid pace."
    • Push To importune; to press with solicitation; to tease.
    • Push To make a thrust; to shove; as, to push with the horns or with a sword.
    • Push 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.""War seemed asleep for nine long years; at length
      Both sides resolved to push , we tried our strength."
    • Push 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."
    • Push 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.""We are pushed for an answer."
    • Push To thrust the points of the horns against; to gore. "If the ox shall push a manservant or maidservant, . . . the ox shall be stoned."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Professional sumo wrestlers, called rikishi, must be quick on their feet and supple, but weight is vital to success as they hurl themselves at their opponents, aiming to floor them or push them outside the 15-foot fighting circle.
    • push To strike with a thrusting motion; thrust, as with a sword; thrust or gore, as with the horns.
    • push To thrust forcibly against for the purpose of moving or impelling in a direction other than that from which the pressure is applied; exert a thrusting, driving, or impelling pressure upon; drive or impel by pressure; shove: opposed to draw: as, to push a hand-cart; to push a thing up, down, away, etc.
    • push To impel in general; drive; urge.
    • push To press or urge; advance or extend by persistent or diligent effort or exertion: as, to push on a work.
    • push To prosecute or carry on with energy or enterprise; use every means to extend and advance: as, to push one's business; to push the sale of a commodity.
    • push To press hard.
    • push Synonyms To hustle, jostle, elbow, crowd, force. See thrust.
    • push To thrust, as with the horns or with a sword: hence, to make an attack.
    • push To exercise or put forth a thrusting or impelling pressure; use steady force in moving something in a direction the opposite of that implied in the word draw: as, to push with all one's might.
    • push To advance or proceed with persistence or unflagging effort; force one's way; press eagerly or persistently; hasten; usually with on, forward, etc.: as, to push on at a rapid pace.
    • push To sit abaft an oar and propel a boat with forward strokes: as, to push down a stream.
    • n push A thrust; the exercise of a driving or impelling thrust; the application of pressure intended to overturn or set in motion in the direction in which the force or pressure is applied; a shove: as, to give a thing or a person a push.
    • n push An assault or attack; a forcible onset; a vigorous effort; a stroke; a blow.
    • n push An emergency; a trial; an extremity.
    • n push Persevering energy; enterprise.
    • n push A button, pin, or similar contrivance to be pushed in conveying pressure: as, the electric bell-push.
    • n push A pustule; a pimple.
    • push Same as pish.
    • push In cricket, to guide or force (the ball) away from the wicket with the bat, usually to the ‘on’ side.
    • n push In cricket, a stroke by which the ball is guided or forced away from the wicket, usually to the ‘on’ side.
    • n push A gang; a set of hoodlums; in thieves' English, a set of men associated for a special robbery; hence, a clique; a party: the Government House push; to be in with the push.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Direct Action Committee, a group pushing for nuclear disarmament, invented the peace symbol in 1958. The forked symbol is actually a composite of the semaphore signals "N" and "D," to stand for nuclear disarmament.
    • v.t Push pōōsh to thrust or press against: to drive by pressure: to press forward: to urge: to press hard: to thrust, as with a sword
    • v.i Push to make a thrust: to make an effort: to press against: to burst out
    • n Push a thrust: an impulse: assault: effort: exigence:
    • n Push (Bacon) a pustule, a pimple, eruption
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  • Elmer G. Letterman
    Elmer G. Letterman
    “A man may fall many times but he won't be a failure until he says someone pushed him.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Business is like a wheelbarrow--it stands still until someone pushes it.”
  • Laura Ashley
    Laura Ashley
    “We don't want to push our ideas on to customers, we simply want to make what they want.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.”
  • Jack Herbert
    Jack Herbert
    “Some of us are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed and easily upset.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A sign on the door of Opportunity reads Push.”


Don't push my buttons! - This can be said to someone who is starting to annoy you.
Push comes to shove - If or when push comes to shove, the situation has become some bad that you are forced to do something: If push comes to shove, we'll just have to use our savings.
Push the envelope - This means to go to the limits, to do something to the maximum possible.
Push the panic button - If someone pushes the panic button, they respond to a situation by becoming very frightened or excited.
Pushing at an open door - If you're pushing at an open door, you achieve what you want easily because many people agree with you or support you.
Pushing up the daisies - If someone is said to be pushing up the daisies, they are dead.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. possen, pussen, F. pousser, fr. L. pulsare, v. intens. fr. pellere, pulsum, to beat, knock, push. See Pulse a beating, and cf. Pursy


In literature:

Under a shower of jibes from the captain, Maurice and Neal pushed off and started for the row home against the wind.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
He concluded that the strangers had pushed on into the wilderness, and were no longer in the vicinity.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
They pushed back their chairs and started to leave the dining room.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The praefect had at last with the vigorous help of his lictors managed to push his way through the crowd.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
Let him push on a bit and think.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
I had wanted to kiss him and he had pushed me away with his stick.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
Peace means that you will push us back, always push us back.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He was almost the only man I met before undertaking the journey, who encouraged me to push on.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
At this there was some pushing and nudging and indulgent whispering.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
He pushed harder, and suddenly it gave with a piercing screech.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs

In poetry:

My little ones around me,
They claim my old caress,
I push them roughly from me
With hands that cannot bless.
"The Man Who Trod On Sleeping Grass" by Dora Sigerson Shorter
He stepps from out the Broosh
And in the gate is gone;
And X, although the people push,
Says wary kind, "Move hon."
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
And human work has shared its fate,
And the ruins are old and green,
And you push aside the rotten gate,
But no living form is seen.
"The Old Ruins" by Alexander Anderson
Watcha gonna do in de hurrican,
In de hurricane, Mistah Workin' Man?
Gonna put dem buildings up again,
Gonna put em up dis time to stan',
Gonna push a wicked wheelbarrow, oh, my Lawd!
"Memphis Blues" by Sterling A Brown
With a hard hand, woman-kind,
He pushed back the sweaty hair.
"Now then, laddie, ease your mind,
Pain will end for you out There. . . ."
An' the smile on Blair's rough face
Was a blessin' an' a grace.
"The Reaper in the Bush" by C J Dennis
Oft when the white, still dawn
Lifted the skies and pushed the hills apart,
I’ve felt it like a glory in my heart
(The world s mysterious stir)
But had no throat like yours, my bird,
Nor such a listener.
"Joy Of The Morning" by Edwin Markham

In news:

After a rocky start in his role as Treasury secretary, Timothy F Geithner has not only survived but grown in stature, using his newfound influence to push President Obama to focus on curbing the nation's soaring debt.
High-level Republicans continue to push Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo.
The leaders of the US, Britain, Spain and Portugal say the window for diplomacy in the Iraq debate will close Monday if a final push for international consensus in the United Nations Security Council fails.
Well, it seems the Greene County Commissioners pushed the dreaded "z-word" monster off the back-burner at Monday morning's meeting.
Push technology has been around since the earliest days of the Web.
But until now, users have been unable to act on the information collected and delivered to them by the push product.
But they keep pushing him back out .
USD, LBSU Push Back Fall World Series.
"I knew that if push should ever come to shove, I would have no problem beating Venus or Serena," writes John McEnroe in his otherwise insightful new book, You Cannot Be Serious.
As you edge up the wake, push down with your rear foot while you lift up on your front foot.
For many hospitals and health systems, keeping patient bad debt under control is like pushing a 2,000-lb.
The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) has begun its final food collection push of 2012.
Crews continue to use aerial ignitions to hold and push back fire lines.
The release of "The Bourne Legacy" has been pushed back one week so it will not open head-to-head against "Total Recall".
Softball Bloodied LeBeau pushes Richards past Goranson, Elk Grove.

In science:

The coefficients of the J -function are push-forwards of residues, and our point of view on residues leads to a simple proof of the multiplicativity of the J -functions.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
Push-Forward Formula: Suppose f : X → Y is given.
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
There is no contribution to the symplectic structure from the boundary terms, which are instead pushed directly into the very definition of the variation of the Hamiltonian.
The First Law of Isolated Horizons via Noether Theorem
However, a serious problem arises: it is just Ab F B given by Eq. (4) which pushes mH to larger values.
Extra generations and discrepancies of electroweak precision data
From Eq. (124), we expect that when |c2 |/c′1 is large, nonzero l pushes up the energy significantly and cannot be the ground state, so that Fz increases stepwise with ∆Fz = 4.
Theory of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates: spin-correlations, magnetic response, and excitation spectra