Thrusting screw, the screw of a screw press, as for pressing curd in making cheese. [R.]

(Thrus"tle) n. (Zoöl.) The throstle, or song thrust. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

When he heard the thrustel sing.

(Thryes) a. Thrice. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Thry"fal`low) v. t. [Perhaps fr. thrice + fallow. Cf. Trifallow.] To plow for the third time in summer; to trifallow. [R.] [Written also thrifallow.] Tusser.

(Thud) n. [Cf. AS. þoden a whirlwind, violent wind, or E. thump.] A dull sound without resonance, like that produced by striking with, or striking against, some comparatively soft substance; also, the stroke or blow producing such sound; as, the thrud of a cannon ball striking the earth.

At every new thud of the blast, a sob arose.

At intervals there came some tremendous thud on the side of the steamer.
C. Mackay.

(Thug) n. [Hind. thag a deceiver, robber.] One of an association of robbers and murderers in India who practiced murder by stealthy approaches, and from religious motives. They have been nearly exterminated by the British government.

(Thug*gee") n. [Hind. hagi.] The practice of secret or stealthy murder by Thugs. "One of the suppressors of Thuggee." J. D. Hooker.

(Thug"ger*y Thug"gism) n. Thuggee.

(||Thu"ja) n. [NL., from Gr. an African tree with sweet-smelling wood.] (Bot.) A genus of evergreen trees, thickly branched, remarkable for the distichous arrangement of their branches, and having scalelike, closely imbricated, or compressed leaves. [Written also thuya.] See Thyine wood.

Thuja occidentalis is the Arbor vitæ of the Eastern and Northern United States. T. gigantea of North- waetern America is a very large tree, there called red cedar, and canoe cedar, and furnishes a useful timber.

(||Thu"le) n. [L. Thule, Thyle, Gr. .] The name given by ancient geographers to the northernmost part of the habitable world. According to some, this land was Norway, according to others, Iceland, or more probably Mainland, the largest of the Shetland islands; hence, the Latin phrase ultima Thule, farthest Thule.

(Thu"li*a) n. [NL.] (Chem.) Oxide of thulium.

(Thu"li*um) n. [NL. See Thule.] (Chem.) A rare metallic element of uncertain properties and identity, said to have been found in the mineral gadolinite.

(Thumb) n. [OE. thombe, thoumbe, þume, AS. þuma; akin to OFries. thuma, D. duim, G. daumen, OHG. dumo, Icel. þumall, Dan. tommelfinger, Sw. tumme, and perhaps to L. tumere to swell. &radic56.

1. The act of pushing with force.

2. (Dairies) (a) The act of squeezing curd with the hand, to expel the whey. (b) pl. The white whey, or that which is last pressed out of the curd by the hand, and of which butter is sometimes made. [Written also thrutchthings.] [Prov. Eng.]

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