she cried out sharp and ringing at the ring of steel as she thrust at the winged monster's breast.
I'm going to say that is pretty good circumstantial evidence of a piercing weapon made of steel be it sword, dagger, etc. To be fair thrust could mean push, although in this context I don't see Bêlit
pushing on the monster's chest. I'd say weapon for sure. Plus what steel is ringing, the monster's armored chest plate? Nope, sword or dagger for sure.
Merriam Webster definition: 1thrustverb
\ˈthrəst\thrustthrust·ing Definition of THRUST
to push or drive with force : shove
to cause to enter or pierce something by or as if by pushing <thrust
a dagger into his heart>
to put (as an unwilling person) forcibly into a course of action or position <was thrust
into the job> b :
to introduce often improperly into a position : interpolate
to press, force, or impose the acceptance of upon someone <thrust
new responsibilities upon her>
to force an entrance or passage b :
to push forward :
press onward c :
to push upward : project
to make a thrust, stab, or lunge with or as if with a pointed weapon <thrust
at them with a knife>
Edited by Amra_the_Lion, 26 February 2012 - 09:54 PM.
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