push-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: the act of shoving something away

Commentary: PUSH[+event][+physical][+shove][+away]

He closed the door with a push.
The fight between the boys began with pushes and shoves.

PropBank: push.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a propulsive force, thrust

Commentary: PUSH[+force][+physical][+propulsive]

The energy from the burning fuel gives the rocket the push it needs to reach escape velocity.
Unequal push from the plane's two engines made it veer off course.

PropBank: push.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: being ambitious or enterprising

Commentary: PUSH[+quality][+ambition][+forceful]

He's an investor with the necessary money and push to succeed.
Many co-workers view her push as shameless self promotion.

PropBank: push.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: the act of pressing a button, an electronic switch

Commentary: PUSH[+event][+physical][+pressing][+switch][+electronic]

The elevator button may need another push to activate it.
Frantic pushes of the doorbell woke John up from a deep sleep.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: making an effort to advance a goal

Commentary: PUSH[+activity][+effort][+concerted][+to_advance][+to_goal]

The army was engaged in a push against guerilla strongholds.
There is a push on now to spend the budget before year's end.
It was a huge push, but Mary completed her thesis in time to graduate this year.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 6: an impetus, or influence on something

Commentary: PUSH[+relation][+role][+influential][+impetus]
NOTE: metaphoric extension of Sense 1 that refers to situations, settings

Her career was given a push by the success of her last film.
Johnny needed a push from his parents to buckle down and study.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 7: IDIOM: a decisive moment

Commentary: Idiom - push comes to shove

When push comes to shove, people look out for their own needs.
They will probably back down when push comes to shove.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: Idiom