• WordNet 3.6
    • n pushing the act of applying force in order to move something away "he gave the door a hard push","the pushing is good exercise"
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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.
    • a Pushing Pressing forward in business; enterprising; driving; energetic; also, forward; officious, intrusive.
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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.
    • pushing Pressing forward in business; putting one's self forward; self-assertive.
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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.
    • adj Pushing pressing forward in business: enterprising: vigorous
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Business is like a wheelbarrow--it stands still until someone pushes it.”
  • 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.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.”
  • Rene Mcpherson
    Rene Mcpherson
    “You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.”
  • Fran Tarkenton
    Fran Tarkenton
    “None of us really pushes hard enough.”


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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pousser—L. pulsāre, freq. of pellĕre, pulsum, to beat.


In literature:

Tum Tum took a long breath, and then he pushed, and pushed and pushed some more.
"Tum Tum, the Jolly Elephant" by Richard Barnum
Ihjel's body pushed against them, his speed and the mountainous mass of his flesh sending them back in a tangle of arms and legs.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
Then the boys pushed the canoes into the water, and took their seats.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
On the 23d, General Stoneman with his cavalry pushed forward toward Mechanicsville, supported by Davidson's brigade.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
She had not been wholly unconscious when the stretcher was pushed into the car.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Chief glad to hear enemy opposition weakening and knows you will take advantage of this to push on rapidly.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2" by Ian Hamilton
When he pushed aside a very large rock which was in his way, he found himself again on the surface of the earth.
"Myths and Legends of the Great Plains" by Unknown
When it did, the boy passed in the basket and resolutely pushed Hillard into the hall.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
He pushed a chair towards her.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Murphy pushed him to the center, where Murray was waiting for him.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson

In poetry:

An 'orseman would find it awkward
At first with a push that flew,
But blame my cats if I know what else
They'll find for Bill to do.
"My Mate Bill" by Anonymous Oceania
Henceforth a man with others
To scramble and push in the race,
To jostle and crowd with his brothers,
To struggle for gain and place.
"Into The World" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Pushing with restless feet the snow
To right and left, he lingered; —
As restlessly her tiny hands
The blue-checked apron fingered.
"In School-Days" by John Greenleaf Whittier
All the widely sweeping greensward
Shifts and swims from knoll to knoll;
Grey rough-fingered oak and elm wood
Push her by from bole to bole.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Pushed a henchman rudely, saying,
"Get you hence," but still he stood:
Then they gave him bread and water,
"Loiter not, you have your food."
"Colhorn" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Then as if claiming mastery, he rose,
And in wild whirls of might,
Strove to push back—as one might push his foes—
The angel from the right.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Twist in Iraq's democracy: anti- American party pushes electoral reform.
Lawmakers Push for AMT Protection in Stimulus Bill.
Creative Corridors and Salem Creek Connector advocates are pushing for an artistic bridge to serve as an entry way to the city in this area.
The London Olympics named McDonald's an official sponsor of the games, a move that prompted push-back from a British doctors' group.
An archaeological team from UCLA has pushed back the date of the earliest known wine-making to over six thousand years ago.
Loren Brill , 28: Cancer pushed her to take risks and indulge in her passion.
Sports fan behavior pushes one of their own out of the club.
Updated Saturday, Oct 13, 2012, at 5:55 p.m. A Wichita teen remains in critical condition after a minivan crashed into the vehicle she and others were pushing near Viola late Friday night.
Like many suburbanites I have two mowers — one is a push trimmer and the other is a Craftsman 18.5-horsepower rider.
Candidates buffing images in final push.
Don't push the side of the company that's not moving quickly or not what you expected it to be.
Obama, McCain Burn Up Campaign Trail in Battleground Push.
On a gorgeous day with a consistent swell pushing beefy, beautiful overhead waves through the break while thousands of fans cheered from atop the cliff, Burrows squeezed past Matt Wilkinson to haul in the 2012 Coldwater Classic title.
Natural Gas Glut Pushes Exports.
New Rallee 'Push-to-Talk' App Announces Nov 28 Launch, Receives Investment from Noted Global Business Leader Kenges Rakishev.

In science:

Left: The drift ρ in SLE(κ, ρ) introduces a pressure that pushes the path further away from the left part of the half-plane boundary.
Conformal Random Geometry
We try to push the study to thicker black rings by using our detailed analysis of the properties of the ring.
Dynamics and Stability of Black Rings
Keeping sing(X ) and pushing X − sing(X ) in a normal direction, we obtain a “parallel” copy X1 of X such that X ∩ X1 = sing(X1 ) = sing(X ) = K .
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
Keeping K and pushing Σ − K in the corresponding normal direction, we obtain a copy Σ′ of Σ such that Σ′ transversely meets Σ along K .
A function on the homology of 3-manifolds
Observe that the morphisms of Eq are injective linear maps and this category does not admit push-outs or pullbacks.
The mixed functors of the category Fquad: a first study