push

Definitions

General English

  • noun the action of making something move forwards
  • verb to make something move away from you or in front of you

General Science

  • verb to press something or to move something by pressing on it

Cricket

  • noun a defensive batting stroke in which a straight bat is pushed forward to meet the ball with a minimum of backlift
    Citation ‘When he [Glenn Turner] first appeared his shots were just about limited to a forward and backward defensive push’ (Jim Laker, WCM August 1984)
  • verb to hit or attempt to hit the ball when playing a push stroke
    Citation ‘After nearly four hours Smith’s concentration faltered too: he pushed at a ball from Sarfraz that should have been driven firmly or ignored, and played on’ (Matthew Engel, Guardian 15 March 1984)
  • verb to push the ball through (see push through)
    Citation ‘Warne gave the ball a great tweak and also pushed it at times just to keep the batsmen guessing’ (Vijay Lokapally, Sportstar [Chennai] 30 April 1994)

Electronics

  • To add an item to the top of a stack. This contrasts with pop, which is to remove the first item from the top of a stack.
  • To send data utilizing push technology.

Military

  • noun an act of pushing
  • noun a large-scale offensive operation
  • verb to use physical force on an object, in order to move it away from one

Slang

  • verb to sell illegal drugs, especially when the sale involves coercion

Origin & History of “push”

Push comes ultimately from the same source as English pulsate and pulse – pulsus, the past participle of Latin pellere ‘drive, push, beat’. From it was formed the verb pulsāre ‘push, beat’, which in Old French became poulser, later pousser. Anglo-Norman took this over as *pusser, and passed it on to English as push.
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