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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"

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.

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.

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

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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. Gopalan Balachandran:

    She is a good speaker. She didn’t throw any surprise, she mentioned her mother which she does often. I was happy about that.

  2. Vladimir Putin:

    I wouldn't throw around this term 'liberalism' about this short period. There was an Imperial Duma functioning in Russia before 1917 for 11 years and not one law could pass through without its approval, a few months under the Russian provisional government does not compare with this.

  3. Brian Mason:

    If this case is not dismissed, your honor, it's going to throw a monkey wrench into the gears of federalism. It will throw gasoline on the ideological fires that are already raging out of control in this country.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    You want a better life? Simplify your life! Throw all the complexities from your life!

  5. Christopher Ferguson:

    It comes down to watching( the spacecraft's) behavior, we just want to make sure it doesn't throw us a curve ball.

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    the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes)
    • A. perusal
    • B. odometer
    • C. directory
    • D. scrutiny

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