- ( UK ) IPA: /θɹəʊ/
- ( US ) IPA: /θɻoʊ/
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Homophone: throe
- ( transitive ) To cause an object to move rapidly through the air .
- ( transitive ) To eject or cause to fall off .
- ( transitive ) To move to another position; to displace .
- ( ceramics ) To make ( a pot ) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel .
- ( transitive, cricket ) Of a bowler, to deliver ( the ball ) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery .
- ( transitive, computing ) To send ( an error ) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing .
- ( sports ) to intentionally lose a game
- 2012, August 1. Peter Walker and Haroon Siddique in Guardian Unlimited, Eight Olympic badminton players disqualified for 'throwing games'
- ( transitive, informal ) To confuse or mislead .
- ( figuratively ) To send desperately
- ( transitive ) To imprison.
- 1993, Margaret McKee, Fred Chisenhall, Beale black & blue: life and music on black America's main street - Page 30
- 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
- To organize an event, especially a party.
- 1986 March 1, “Bash Planned”, Evening News:
- 1979, Working Mother - July 1979 Page 72
- To roll ( a die or dice ).
- 1844, Samuel Laing translating Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla
- ( transitive ) To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it.
- 1844, Samuel Laing translating Snorri Sturluson, Heimskringla
- ( transitive, bridge ) To discard
- ( martial arts ) To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower .
- ( transitive ) To subject someone to verbally.
- ( transitive, said of animals ) To give birth to.
- ( transitive, said of one's voice ) To change in order to give the illusion that the voice is that of someone else.
- ( transitive ) To show sudden emotion, especially anger.
- 1996, New York Magazine Vol. 29, No. 32 - 19 Aug 1996; Entertaining Mrs Stone
- 1991, Janet L. Davies, Ellen Hastings Janosik, Mental health and psychiatric nursing: a caring approach
- ( transitive ) To project or send forth
- ( cause an object to move rapidly through the air ): bowl, bung, buzz, cast, catapult, chuck, dash, direct, fire, fling, flip, heave, hurl, launch, lob, pitch, project, propel, send, shoot, shy, sling, toss, whang
- ( eject or cause to fall off ): eject, throw off
- ( move to another position ): displace, relocate
- See also Wikisaurus:throw
- The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw .
- The act of throwing something .
- A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston .
- A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing .
- A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance .
- Krueger, Dennis ( December 1982 ). "Why On Earth Do They Call It Throwing?" Studio Potter Vol. 11, Number 1.
- ( obsolete ) A moment, time, occasion .
- ( obsolete ) A period of time; a while.
From Middle English throwen, thrawen, from Old English þrāwan ( “to turn, twist, curl, rack, torture, turn around” ), from Proto-Germanic *þrēanan ( “to turn” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ter- ( “to rub, rub by twisting, twist, turn” ). Cognate with Scots thraw ( “to twist, turn, throw” ), Dutch draaien ( “to turn” ), Low German draien, dreien ( “to turn ( in a lathe )” ), German drehen ( “to turn” ), Danish dreje ( “to turn” ), Swedish dreja ( “to turn” ), Albanian dredh ( “to turn, twist, tremble” ) .
Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe from Old English þrāwu ( “labor pang, agony in childbirth or death” ), akin to Old English þrēa ( “affliction, pang” ), þrōwan ( “to suffer” ). More at throe
Explanation of throw by Wordnet Dictionary
- Throw a glance
- Throw a six
- throw a frisbee
- throw the lever
- have, throw, or make a party
move violently, energetically, or carelessly
- he couldn't afford $50 a throw
- Throw ( thrō ), n. [See Throe.] Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe. [Obs.] Spenser. Dryden.
- Throw, n. [AS. þrāh, þrāg.] Time; while; space of time; moment; trice. [Obs.] Shak.
I will with Thomas speak a little throw. Chaucer.
- Throw, v. t. [imp. Threw ( thru ); p. p. Thrown ( thrōn ); p. pr. & vb. n. Throwing.] [OE. þrowen, þrawen, to throw, to twist, AS. þrāwan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. draaijen, G. drehen, OHG. drājan, L. terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. to bore, to turn, to pierce, a hole. Cf. Thread, Trite, Turn, v. t.]
1. To fling, cast, or hurl with a certain whirling motion of the arm, to throw a ball; -- distinguished from to toss, or to bowl.
2. 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”.
3. To drive by violence; as, “a vessel or sailors may be thrown upon a rock”.
4. ( Mil. ) To cause to take a strategic position; as, “he threw a detachment of his army across the river”.
5. To overturn; to prostrate in wrestling; as, “a man throws his antagonist”.
6. To cast, as dice; to venture at dice.
Set less than thou throwest. Shak.
7. To put on hastily; to spread carelessly.
O'er his fair limbs a flowery vest he threw. Pope.
8. To divest or strip one's self of; to put off.
There the snake throws her enameled skin. Shak.
9. ( Pottery ) To form or shape roughly on a throwing engine, or potter's wheel, as earthen vessels.
10. To give forcible utterance to; to cast; to vent.
I have thrown
A brave defiance in King Henry's teeth. Shak.
11. To bring forth; to produce, as young; to bear; -- said especially of rabbits.
12. 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. Tomlinson.
To throw away. To lose by neglect or folly; to spend in vain; to bestow without a compensation; as, “to throw away time; to throw away money”. To reject; as, “to throw away a good book, or a good offer”. -- To throw back. To retort; to cast back, as a reply. To reject; to refuse. To reflect, as light. -- To throw by, to lay aside; to discard; to neglect as useless; as, “to throw by a garment”. -- To throw down, to subvert; to overthrow; to destroy; as, “to throw down a fence or wall”. -- To throw in. To inject, as a fluid. To put in; to deposit with others; to contribute; as, “to throw in a few dollars to help make up a fund; to throw in an occasional comment”. To add without enumeration or valuation, as something extra to clinch a bargain. -- To throw off. To expel; to free one's self from; as, “to throw off a disease”. To reject; to discard; to abandon; as, “to throw off all sense of shame; to throw off a dependent”. To make a start in a hunt or race. [Eng.] --
To throw on, to cast on; to load. -- To throw one's self down, to lie down neglectively or suddenly. -- To throw one's self on or To throw one's self upon. To fall upon. To resign one's self to the favor, clemency, or sustain power of ( another ); to repose upon. -- To throw out. To cast out; to reject or discard; to expel. “The other two, whom they had thrown out, they were content should enjoy their exile.” Swift. “The bill was thrown out.” Swift. To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, “to throw out insinuation or observation”. “She throws out thrilling shrieks.” Spenser. To distance; to leave behind. Addison. To cause to project; as, “to throw out a pier or an abutment”. To give forth; to emit; as, “an electric lamp throws out a brilliant light”. To put out; to confuse; as, “a sudden question often throws out an orator”. -- To throw over, to abandon the cause of; to desert; to discard; as, “to throw over a friend in difficulties”. -- To throw up. To resign; to
give up; to demit; as, “to throw up a commission”. “Experienced gamesters throw up their cards when they know that the game is in the enemy's hand.” Addison. To reject from the stomach; to vomit. To construct hastily; as, “to throw up a breastwork of earth”.
- Throw v. i. To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice.
To throw about, to cast about; to try expedients. [R.]
- Throw, n.
1. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast.
He heaved a stone, and, rising to the throw,
He sent it in a whirlwind at the foe. Addison.
2. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.]
Nor shield defend the thunder of his throws. Spenser.
3. The distance which a missile is, or may be, thrown; as, “a stone's throw”.
4. A cast of dice; the manner in which dice fall when cast; as, “a good throw”.
5. An effort; a violent sally. [Obs.]
Your youth admires
The throws and swellings of a Roman soul. Addison.
6. ( Mach. ) 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”.
7. ( Pottery ) A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See 2d Jigger, 2
8. A turner's lathe; a throwe. [Prov. Eng.]
9. ( Mining ) The amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; -- according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow.
Definition of throw by GCIDE Dictionary