Definitions for throwθroʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

throwθroʊ(v.; n.)threw, thrown, throw•ing

  1. (v.t.)to propel from the hand by a sudden forward motion:

    to throw a ball.

  2. to hurl or project (a missile), as a gun does.

  3. to project or cast (light, a shadow, etc.).

  4. to project (the voice).

  5. to direct (one's voice) so as to appear to come from a different source, as in ventriloquism.

  6. to direct or send forth (words, a glance, etc.).

  7. to put into some place, condition, etc., as if by hurling:

    to throw someone into prison.

  8. to move (a lever or the like) in order to turn on, disconnect, etc., an apparatus or mechanism: to throw the switch. to connect, engage, disconnect, or disengage by such a procedure:

    to throw the current.

    Category: Machinery

  9. to shape on a potter's wheel.

  10. to deliver (a blow or punch.)

  11. (in wrestling) to hurl (an opponent) to the ground.

  12. to play (a card).

    Category: Games

  13. to lose (a game, race, or other contest) intentionally, as for a bribe.

    Category: Games

  14. to cast (dice). to make (a cast) at dice.

    Category: Games

  15. (of an animal, as a horse) to cause (someone) to fall off; unseat.

  16. to give or host:

    to throw a lavish party.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  17. (of domestic animals) to bring forth (young).

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  18. to twist (filaments) without attenuation in the production of yarn or thread.

    Category: Textiles

  19. to amaze or confuse:

    The dark glasses really threw me.

  20. (v.i.)to cast, fling, or hurl a missile or the like.

  21. throw away, to dispose of; discard. to employ wastefully; squander. to fail to use; miss (a chance, opportunity, etc.). (of an actor) to speak (lines, a joke, etc.) casually or indifferently.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  22. throw in, to add as a bonus or gratuity. to interject, as a comment. to abandon (a hand) in a card game.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Games

  23. throw off, to free oneself of; cast aside. to escape from or delay, as a pursuer. to give off; discharge. to perform or produce with ease: to confuse; fluster. Australian Slang. to criticize or ridicule (usu. fol. by at).

    to throw off a few jokes.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. throw out, to cast away; discard; reject. to cause (a runner in baseball) to be out by throwing the ball to a teammate who prevents the runner from reaching base safely. to eject from a place, esp. forcibly. to expel, as from membership in a club.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport

  25. throw over, to forsake; abandon.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  26. throw together, to make hurriedly and haphazardly. to cause to associate:

    bitter enemies thrown together by circumstance.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  27. throw up, to give up; relinquish. to build hastily. to vomit. to point out, as an error. (of a hawk) to fly suddenly upward.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  28. (n.)an act or instance of throwing or casting; cast; fling.

  29. the distance to which something can be thrown:

    a stone's throw.

  30. the distance between the center of a crankshaft and the center of the crankpins, equal to one half of the piston stroke. the distance between the center of a crankshaft and the center of an eccentric. the movement of a reciprocating part in one direction.

    Category: Machinery

  31. the length of a beam of light: a spotlight with a throw of 500 feet.

    Category: Optics

  32. a scarf, boa, shawl, or the like.

  33. a lightweight blanket; afghan.

  34. a cast of dice or the number thrown.

    Category: Games

  35. the act, method, or an instance of throwing an opponent in wrestling.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for throw:

  1. a throw,each:

    ordered four suits at $300 a throw.

    Category: Idiom, Common Vocabulary

  2. throw in the sponge or towel,to concede defeat; give up.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  3. throw oneself at,to strive to attract the interest or affections of.

    Category: Idiom

  4. throw oneself into,to engage in with energy and enthusiasm.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of throw:

bef. 1000; ME throwen, thrawen, OE thrāwan to twist, turn, c. OS thrāian, OHG drā(j)en, drāwen


Princeton's WordNet

  1. throw(noun)

    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

    "the catcher made a good throw to second base"

  2. throw(noun)

    a single chance or instance

    "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"

  3. throw, stroke, cam stroke(noun)

    the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

  4. throw(noun)

    bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something

  5. throw(verb)

    casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

    "he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"

  6. throw(verb)

    propel through the air

    "throw a frisbee"

  7. throw(verb)

    move violently, energetically, or carelessly

    "She threw herself forwards"

  8. shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, drop(verb)

    get rid of

    "he shed his image as a pushy boss"; "shed your clothes"

  9. throw, thrust(verb)

    place or put with great energy

    "She threw the blanket around the child"; "thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"

  10. give, throw(verb)

    convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture

    "Throw a glance"; "She gave me a dirty look"

  11. throw, flip, switch(verb)

    cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

    "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"

  12. project, cast, contrive, throw(verb)

    put or send forth

    "She threw the flashlight beam into the corner"; "The setting sun threw long shadows"; "cast a spell"; "cast a warm light"

  13. throw(verb)

    to put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly

    "Jane threw dinner together"; "throw the car into reverse"

  14. bewilder, bemuse, discombobulate, throw(verb)

    cause to be confused emotionally

  15. hurl, throw(verb)

    utter with force; utter vehemently

    "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"

  16. hold, throw, have, make, give(verb)

    organize or be responsible for

    "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

  17. throw(verb)

    make on a potter's wheel

    "she threw a beautiful teapot"

  18. throw(verb)

    cause to fall off

    "The horse threw its inexperienced rider"

  19. throw(verb)

    throw (a die) out onto a flat surface

    "Throw a six"

  20. confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulate(verb)

    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly

    "These questions confuse even the experts"; "This question completely threw me"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. throw(verb)θroʊ

    to make sth go through the air, using your hand and arm

    He threw the ball to me.; Throw me the ball.; kids learning how to throw

  2. throwθroʊ

    to move sth somewhere quickly and forcefully

    The crash threw him out of the car.

  3. throwθroʊ

    to put sth down carelessly

    He threw his clothes on the bed.

  4. throwθroʊ

    to cause sb to be suddenly in another state

    The alarm bells threw the school into confusion.

  5. throwθroʊ

    to move a part of your body quickly

    She threw her arms up in disgust.; I threw myself into a chair.

  6. throwθroʊ

    to look at sb with a particular expression

    Sam threw me a worried look.

  7. throwθroʊ

    to let dice fall in a game

    Throw the dice.

  8. throwθroʊ

    to be the host of a party

    Manny's throwing a party on Friday.

  9. throwθroʊ

    to hit sb with your fist

  10. throwθroʊ

    to make sb feel shocked and confused

    The news really threw me.

  11. throwθroʊ

    to become very involved in an activity

    She threw herself into her art.

  12. throw(noun)θroʊ

    the act of throwing a ball

    That was a great throw.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Throw(noun)

    pain; especially, pain of travail; throe

  2. Throw(noun)

    time; while; space of time; moment; trice

  3. Throw(verb)

    to fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss, or to bowl

  4. Throw(verb)

    to fling or cast in any manner; to drive to a distance from the hand or from an engine; to propel; to send; as, to throw stones or dust with the hand; a cannon throws a ball; a fire engine throws a stream of water to extinguish flames

  5. Throw(verb)

    to drive by violence; as, a vessel or sailors may be thrown upon a rock

  6. Throw(verb)

    to cause to take a strategic position; as, he threw a detachment of his army across the river

  7. Throw(verb)

    to overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, a man throws his antagonist

  8. Throw(verb)

    to cast, as dice; to venture at dice

  9. Throw(verb)

    to put on hastily; to spread carelessly

  10. Throw(verb)

    to divest or strip one's self of; to put off

  11. Throw(verb)

    to form or shape roughly on a throwing engine, or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels

  12. Throw(verb)

    to give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent

  13. Throw(verb)

    to bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said especially of rabbits

  14. Throw(verb)

    to twist two or more filaments of, as silk, so as to form one thread; to twist together, as singles, in a direction contrary to the twist of the singles themselves; -- sometimes applied to the whole class of operations by which silk is prepared for the weaver

  15. Throw(verb)

    to perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice

  16. Throw(noun)

    the act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast

  17. Throw(noun)

    a stroke; a blow

  18. Throw(noun)

    the distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, a stone's throw

  19. Throw(noun)

    a cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, a good throw

  20. Throw(noun)

    an effort; a violent sally

  21. Throw(noun)

    the extreme movement given to a sliding or vibrating reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, eccentric, or the like; travel; stroke; as, the throw of a slide valve. Also, frequently, the length of the radius of a crank, or the eccentricity of an eccentric; as, the throw of the crank of a steam engine is equal to half the stroke of the piston

  22. Throw(noun)

    a potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d Jigger, 2 (a)

  23. Throw(noun)

    a turner's lathe; a throwe

  24. Throw(noun)

    the amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; -- according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow


  1. Throw

    A throw is a martial arts term for a grappling technique that involves off-balancing or lifting an opponent, and throwing them to the ground, in Japanese martial arts referred to as nage-waza, 投げ技, "throwing technique". Throws usually involve a rotating motion, the practitioner performing the throw disconnects with the opponent, and ends balanced and on their feet as opposed to a takedown where both finish on the ground. Throws can however also be followed into a top position, in which case the person executing the throw does not disengage from the opponent. Certain throwing techniques called sacrifice throws involve putting oneself in a potentially disadvantageous position, such as on the ground, in order to execute a throw.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Throw

    In a galvanometer the instantaneous deflection of the needle when the contact or closing of the circuit is instantaneous, or when the discharge is completed before the needle begins to move. The throw of the needle is the datum sought when the ballistic galvanometer is used. Synonym--Elongation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'throw' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3661

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'throw' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1288

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'throw' in Verbs Frequency: #198

Anagrams of throw

  1. Wroth

Translations for throw

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to send through the air with force; to hurl or fling

He threw the ball to her / threw her the ball.

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