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Definitions for Throw

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thrownoun

    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. thrownoun

    a single chance or instance

    "he couldn't afford $50 a throw"

  3. throw, stroke, cam strokenoun

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

  4. thrownoun

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

  5. throwverb

    casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

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

  6. throwverb

    propel through the air

    "throw a frisbee"

  7. throwverb

    move violently, energetically, or carelessly

    "She threw herself forwards"

  8. shed, cast, cast off, shake off, throw, throw off, throw away, dropverb

    get rid of

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

  9. throw, thrustverb

    place or put with great energy

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

  10. give, throwverb

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

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

  11. throw, flip, switchverb

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

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

  12. project, cast, contrive, throwverb

    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. throwverb

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

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

  14. bewilder, bemuse, discombobulate, throwverb

    cause to be confused emotionally

  15. hurl, throwverb

    utter with force; utter vehemently

    "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"

  16. hold, throw, have, make, giveverb

    organize or be responsible for

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

  17. throwverb

    make on a potter's wheel

    "she threw a beautiful teapot"

  18. throwverb

    cause to fall off

    "The horse threw its inexperienced rider"

  19. throwverb

    throw (a die) out onto a flat surface

    "Throw a six"

  20. confuse, throw, fox, befuddle, fuddle, bedevil, confound, discombobulateverb

    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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thrownoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He heav’d a stone, and rising to the throw
    He sent it in a whirlwind at the foe;
    A tow’r assaulted by so rude a stroke,
    With all its lofty battlements had shook. Addison.

    If Hercules and Lichas play at dice
    Which is the better man, the greater throw
    May turn by fortune from the weaker hand:
    So is Alcides beaten by his page. William Shakespeare.

    If they err finally, it is like a man’s missing his cast when he throws dice for his life; his being, his happiness, and all, is involved in the errour of one throw. Robert South, Sermons.

    Suppose any particular order of the alphabet to be assigned, and the twenty-four letters cast at a venture, so as to fall in a line; it is many million of millions odds to one against any single throw, that the assigned order will not be cast. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    I have ever narrified my friends,
    Like to a bowl upon a subtle ground
    I’ve tumbled past the throw; and in his praise
    Have, almost, stamp’d the leasing. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The Sirenum Scopuli are two or three sharp rocks that stand about a stone’s throw from the south side of the island. Addison.

    So fierce he laid about him, and dealt blows
    On either side, that neither mail could hold,
    Ne shield defend the thunder of his throws. Fa. Queen.

    Your youth admires
    The throws and swellings of a Roman soul;
    Cato’s bold flights, the extravagance of virtue. Addison.

    The most pregnant wit in the world never brings forth any thing great without some pain and travail, pangs and throws before the delivery. Robert South, Sermons.

    But when the mother’s throws begin to come,
    The creature, pent within the narrow room,
    Breaks his blind prison. Dryden.

    Say, my friendship wants him
    To help me bring to light a manly birth;
    Which to the wand’ring world I shall disclose;
    Or if he fail me, perish in my throws. Dryden.

  2. To Throwverb

    preter. threw. part. pass. thrown.

    Etymology: ðrawan , Saxon.

    Preianes threw down upon the Turks fire and scalding oil. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    His head shall be thrown to thee over the wall. 2 Sam. xx.

    Shimei threw stones at him and cast dust. 2 Sam. xvi. 13.

    A poor widow threw in two mites, which make a farthing. Mark xii. 42.

    He fell
    From heav’n, they fabled, thrown by angry Jove
    Sheer o’er the crystal battlements. John Milton.

    Calumniate stoutly; for though we wipe away with never so much care the dirt thrown at us, there will be left some sulliage behind. Decay of Piety.

    Ariosto, in his voyage of Astolpho to the moon, has a fine allegory of two swans, who, when time had thrown the writings of many poets into the river of oblivion, were ever in a readiness to secure the best, and bear them aloft into the temple of immortality. Dryden.

    When Ajax strives some rock’s vast weight to throw,
    The line too labours, and the words move slow. Alexander Pope.

    The air-pump, barometer, and quadrant, were thrown out to those busy spirits, as tubs and barrels are to a whale, that he may let the ship sail on while he diverts himself with those innocent amusements. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    To threats the stubborn sinner oft is hard,
    Wrap’d in his crimes against the storm prepar’d;
    But when the milder beams of mercy play,
    He melts, and throws his cumb’rous cloak away. Dryden.

    The only means for bringing France to our conditions, is to throw in multitudes upon them, and overpower them with numbers. Joseph Addison, State of the War.

    Labour casts the humours into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    Make room for merit, by throwing down the worthless and depraved part of mankind from those conspicuous stations to which they have been advanced. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 126.

    The island Inarime contains, within the compass of eighteen miles, a wonderful variety of hills, vales, rocks, fruitful plains, and barren mountains, all thrown together in a most romantick confusion. George Berkeley, to Pope.

    His majesty departed to his chamber, and threw himself upon his bed, lamenting with much passion, and abundance of tears, the loss of an excellent servant. Edward Hyde.

    At th’ approach of night,
    On the first friendly bank he throws him down,
    Or rests his head upon a rock till morn. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Learn more than thou trowest,
    Set less than thou throwest. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    There the snake throws the enamell’d skin,
    Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in. William Shakespeare.

    To arms; for I have thrown
    A brave defiance in king Henry’s teeth. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    One of the Greek orator’s antagonists reading over the oration that procured his banishment, and seeing his friends admire it, asked them, if they were so much affected by the bare reading, how much more they would have been alarmed if they had heard him actually throwing out such a storm of eloquence. Addison.

    There is no need to throw words of contempt on such a practice; the very description of it carries reproof. Isaac Watts.

    O’er his fair limbs a flow’ry vest he threw,
    And issu’d like a god to mortal view. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    If the sinner shall not only wrestle with this angel, but throw him too, and win so complete a victory over his conscience, that all these considerations shall be able to strike no terrour into his mind, he is too strong for grace. South.

    Myself distrest, an exile and unknown,
    Debarr’d from Europe, and from Asia thrown,
    In Libyan desarts wander thus alone. John Dryden, Æn.

    When seamen are thrown upon any unknown coast in America, they never venture upon the fruit of any tree, unless they observe it marked with the pecking of birds. Addison.

    Poor youth! how canst thou throw him from thee?
    Lucia, thou know’st not half the love he bears thee. Add.

    Throw out our eyes for brave Othello,
    Even till we make th’ aerial blue
    An indistinct regard. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    In time of temptation be not busy to dispute, but rely upon the conclusion, and throw your self upon God, and contend not with him but in prayer. Jeremy Taylor, holy living.

    A new title, or an unsuspected success, throws us out of ourselves, and in a manner destroys our identity. Addison.

    To throw his language more out of prose, affects the compound epithets. Alexander Pope.

    Robert Ainsworth.

    He warms ’em to avoid the courts and camps,
    Where dilatory fortune plays the jilt
    With the brave, noble, honest, gallant man,
    To throw herself away on fools and knaves. Thomas Otway.

    In vain on study time away we throw,
    When we forbear to act the things we know. John Denham.

    A man had better throw away his care upon any thing else than upon a garden on wet or moist ground. William Temple.

    Had we but lasting youth and time to spare,
    Some might be thrown away on fame and war. Dryden.

    He sigh’d, breath’d short, and wou’d have spoke,
    But was too fierce to throw away the time. Dryden.

    The next in place and punishment are they
    Who prodigally throw their souls away;
    Fools who, repining at their wretched state,
    And loathing anxious life, suborn’d their fate. Dryden.

    In poetry the expression beautifies the design; if it be vicious or unpleasing, the cost of colouring is thrown away upon it. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The well-meaning man should rather consider what opportunities he has of doing good to his country, than throw away his time in deciding the rights of princes. Addison.

    She threw away her money upon roaring bullies, that went about the streets. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    He that will throw away a good book because it is not gilded, is more curious to please his eye than understanding. Taylor.

    It can but shew
    Like one of Juno’s disguises; and,
    When things succeed, be thrown by, or let fall. Ben Jonson.

    He that begins to have any doubt of his tenets, received without examination, ought, in reference to that question, to throw wholly by all his former notions. John Locke.

    Must one rash word, th’ infirmity of age,
    Throw down the merit of my better years:
    This the reward of a whole life of service? Addison.

    The salts and oils in the animal body, as soon as they putrefy, are thrown off, or produce mortal distempers. Arbuth.

    ’Twou’d be better
    Cou’d you provoke him to give you th’ occasion,
    And then to throw him off. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Can there be any reason why the houshold of God alone should throw off all that orderly dependence and duty, by which all other houses are best governed? Thomas Sprat.

    She throws out thrilling shrieks and shrieking cries. Edmund Spenser.

    The gods in bounty work up storms about us,
    That give mankind occasion to exert
    Their hidden strength, and throw out into practice
    Virtues which shun the day Addison.

    When e’er did Juba, or did Portius, show
    A virtue that has cast me at a distance,
    And thrown me out in the pursuits of honour? Addison.

    The other two whom they had thrown out they were content should enjoy their exile. Jonathan Swift.

    The oddness of the proposition taught others to reflect a little; and the bill was thrown out. Jonathan Swift.

    Bad games are thrown up too soon,
    Until they’re never to be won. Hudibras, p. iii.

    Experienced gamesters throw up their cards when they know the game is in the enemy’s hand, without unnecessary vexation in playing it out. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Life we must not part with foolishly: it must not be thrown up in a pet, nor sacrificed to a quarrel. Collier.

    Judge of the cause by the substances the patient throws up. Arbuthnot.

  3. To Throwverb

    Now unto despair I ’gin to grow,
    And mean for better wind about to throw. Hubberd.


  1. throw

    Throwing is an action which consists in accelerating a projectile and then releasing it so that it follows a ballistic trajectory, usually with the aim of impacting a remote target. This action is best characterized for animals with prehensile limbs: in this case the projectile is grasped, while the limb segments impart a motion of the hand through compounded mechanical advantage. For other animals, the definition of throwing is somewhat unclear, as other actions such as spitting or spraying may or may not be included. Primates are the most capable throwers in the animal kingdom, and they typically throw feces as a form of agonistic behavior. Of all primates, humans are by far the most capable throwers. They throw a large variety of projectiles, with a much greater efficacy and accuracy. Humans have thrown projectiles for hunting and in warfare – first through rock-throwing, then refined weapon-throwing (e.g. spear), and into modern day with hand grenades and tear gas canisters. If humans initially threw objects by hand, they very early designed tools to improve the efficiency of their throwing techniques. The sling, the bow and arrow, and various models of catapults are notable examples of throwing mechanisms. With the advent of gun powder, research in throwing mechanisms as ranged weapons essentially halted, but throwing either by hand or with mechanical assistance has persisted for recreational purpose or as a form of exercise. Throwing is thus still performed in many sports and games, particularly ball games, and in throwing sports the action is the main determiner of the outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrownoun

    pain; especially, pain of travail; throe

  2. Thrownoun

    time; while; space of time; moment; trice

  3. Throwverb

    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. Throwverb

    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. Throwverb

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

  6. Throwverb

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

  7. Throwverb

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

  8. Throwverb

    to cast, as dice; to venture at dice

  9. Throwverb

    to put on hastily; to spread carelessly

  10. Throwverb

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

  11. Throwverb

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

  12. Throwverb

    to give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent

  13. Throwverb

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

  14. Throwverb

    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. Throwverb

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

  16. Thrownoun

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

  17. Thrownoun

    a stroke; a blow

  18. Thrownoun

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

  19. Thrownoun

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

  20. Thrownoun

    an effort; a violent sally

  21. Thrownoun

    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. Thrownoun

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

  23. Thrownoun

    a turner's lathe; a throwe

  24. Thrownoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Throw

    thrō, v.t. to hurl: to fling: to wind or twist together, as yarn: to form on a wheel, as pottery: to venture at dice: to put off: to put on or spread carelessly: to cast down in wrestling.—v.i. to cast or hurl: to cast dice:—pa.t. threw (thrōō); pa.p. thrōwn.—n. the act of throwing; a cast, esp. of dice: the distance to which anything may be thrown: a violent effort.—ns. Throw′er; Throw′ing-tā′ble, a potter's wheel.—adj. Thrown, twisted.—ns. Thrown′-silk, organzine, silk thread formed by twisting together two or more threads or singles; Throw′ster, one who throws silk: a gambler; Throw′-stick, a weapon thrown whirling from the hand, as the boomerang.—Throw about (Spens.), to cast about or try expedients; Throw away, to lose by neglect or folly, to spend in vain, to reject; Throw back, to retort, to refuse: to revert to some ancestral character, to show atavism; Throw by, to reject, to lay aside as of no use; Throw down, to destroy, to subvert: to depress; Throw in, to inject, as a fluid, to put in or deposit along with others, to add as an extra; Throw light on, to make clear; Throw off, to expel, to reject, to renounce: to give forth in an unpremeditated manner; Throw on, to put on hastily; Throw one's self into, to engage heartily in; Throw one's self on, or upon, to cast one's confidence upon, to resign one's self to; Throw open, to cause to swing wide open, to make freely accessible; Throw out, to cast out, to reject, to expel: to emit, to utter carelessly, to cause to project: to put into confusion, to confuse: to distance, leave behind; Throw over, to discard or desert; Throw up, to hoist or raise, to raise hastily: to enlarge, as a picture reflected on a screen: to give up, to resign: to vomit. [A.S. thráwan, to turn, to twist; Ger. drehen, to twist, L. torquēre.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. throw

    A cast of the hand-lead.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THROW

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Throw is ranked #109258 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Throw surname appeared 162 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Throw.

    80.2% or 130 total occurrences were White.
    16% or 26 total occurrences were Black.

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 for Throw »

  1. whort

  2. worth

  3. wroth

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Throw in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Throw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Throw in a Sentence

  1. Matteo Salvini:

    We will continue to hunt down Morabito, wherever he is, to throw him in jail as he deserves.

  2. Jill Shulman:

    Lots of parents throw money at it, that's nothing new, alums will throw a big event when the president comes to town. They'll meet with their contacts at the school, they become donors. None of that is new. But the level of this scandal is a symptom of helicopter parenting on steroids.

  3. Amy Klobuchar:

    Im not going to go for things just because they sound good on a bumper sticker and then throw in a free car.

  4. Moonlight Coffeehouse:

    I knew that I had to do something to help them keep their business afloat so that Tina could be with Dave McAdams, so, I decided to take over their shop and throw all of the support I could through my business and my community their way.

  5. Councilman Brantley Lyons:

    At the end of the day, if an illness or a pandemic comes through, we do not throw our constitutional rights out the window.

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    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    • A. leaven
    • B. snap
    • C. peccadillo
    • D. jab

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