Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to thruster: Ion thruster


1. A person or thing that thrusts.
2. A device that imparts thrust, such as a small rocket engine used to adjust the course or attitude of a spacecraft in flight.


1. a person or thing that thrusts
2. (Astronautics) Also called: vernier rocket a small rocket engine, esp one used to correct the altitude or course of a spacecraft
3. (Nautical Terms) an auxiliary propeller on a ship, capable of acting athwartships


(ˈθrʌs tər)

1. a small rocket attached to a spacecraft and used for producting thrust to control attitude or translational motion.
2. a propeller located in a ship's bow or stern to provide added maneuverability, as when docking.
3. a person or thing that thrusts.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thruster - one who intrudes or pushes himself forward
interloper, intruder, trespasser - someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
2.thruster - a small rocket engine that provides the thrust needed to maneuver a spacecraft
rocket engine, rocket - a jet engine containing its own propellant and driven by reaction propulsion


n (= directional rocket)(Fein)steuerrakete f
References in periodicals archive ?
The experiment will enable in-space characterization of Hall thruster design modifications that are intended to improve performance relative to the units onboard AEHF.
According to Wired UK, the study found that test results indicated that the RF [radio frequency] resonant cavity thruster design, which was unique as an electric propulsion device, was producing a force that was not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and, therefore, was potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma, Discovery News reported.
The new propellant technology, once demonstrated on GPIM, will raise both the 22 Newton and 1 Newton class AF-M315E thruster readiness for flight, enabling safer and less costly space missions with significant enhanced in-space propulsion performance.
After restoring functions of the part of the thruster pods, a solar-panel of the Dragon deployed properly, the company said.
After several hours of fixes, orbital tests and flight maneuvers, all four thruster pods were deemed operational, according to a report of DPA.
Lozano and his group in MIT's Space Propulsion Laboratory and Microsystems Technology Laboratory presented their new thruster array at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' recent Joint Propulsion Conference.
The Pipe Thruster takes over the function of the main jacking station and pushes the pipeline with the coupled Direct Pipe machine forward.
One of Discovery's small thrusters began leaking shortly after Friday's midnight liftoff and was shut down.
The thruster is extremely efficient requiring dramatically less propellant than conventional rocket thrusters, allowing the 30-month mission to be achieved using only 40 kg of propellant.
i]--distance of the i-th thruster from the centre of gravity,
Each thruster has hydraulic speed control to match its down speed to the melt visity of the plastic.