Definition of Throw

1. 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. Verb. Propel through the air. "Throw a frisbee"

3. Noun. A single chance or instance. "He couldn't afford $50 a throw"
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Chance, Opportunity

4. Verb. Move violently, energetically, or carelessly. "She threw herself forwards"
Generic synonyms: Move

5. Noun. The maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam.
Exact synonyms: Cam Stroke, Stroke
Generic synonyms: Motion, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Instroke, Outstroke

6. Verb. Get rid of. "Shed your clothes"

7. Noun. Bedclothes consisting of a lightweight cloth covering (an afghan or bedspread) that is casually thrown over something.
Generic synonyms: Bed Clothing, Bedclothes, Bedding

8. Verb. Place or put with great energy. "Thrust the money in the hands of the beggar"
Exact synonyms: Thrust
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set
Specialized synonyms: Pop
Derivative terms: Thrust

9. Noun. Casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly. "He risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"
Generic synonyms: Gambling, Gaming, Play
Specialized synonyms: Cast, Roll, Flip, Toss

10. Verb. Convey or communicate; of a smile, a look, a physical gesture. "She gave me a dirty look"
Exact synonyms: Give
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate

11. Verb. Cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation. "Throw the lever"
Exact synonyms: Flip, Switch
Specialized synonyms: Switch On, Turn On, Cut, Switch Off, Turn Off, Turn Out
Generic synonyms: Engage, Lock, Mesh, Operate
Derivative terms: Switch

12. Verb. Put or send forth. "Cast a warm light"
Exact synonyms: Cast, Contrive, Project
Generic synonyms: Direct, Send
Specialized synonyms: Shoot
Derivative terms: Cast

13. Verb. To put into a state or activity hastily, suddenly, or carelessly. "Throw the car into reverse"
Generic synonyms: Lay, Place, Pose, Position, Put, Set

14. Verb. Cause to be confused emotionally. "The performance is likely to throw Sue"
Exact synonyms: Bemuse, Bewilder, Discombobulate
Generic synonyms: Discomfit, Discompose, Disconcert, Untune, Upset
Derivative terms: Bemusement, Discombobulation

15. Verb. Utter with force; utter vehemently. ; "Throw accusations at someone"
Exact synonyms: Hurl
Generic synonyms: Express, Give Tongue To, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize

16. Verb. Organize or be responsible for. "Give a course"
Exact synonyms: Give, Have, Hold, Make
Generic synonyms: Direct

17. Verb. Make on a potter's wheel. "Did he throw his major works over a short period of time?"; "She threw a beautiful teapot"
Generic synonyms: Forge, Form, Mold, Mould, Shape, Work
Derivative terms: Thrower

18. Verb. Cause to fall off. "The horse threw its inexperienced rider"
Generic synonyms: Bump, Dislodge

19. Verb. Throw (a die) out onto a flat surface. "Throw a six"
Generic synonyms: Release, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Shoot

20. Verb. Be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly. "The performance is likely to throw Sue"; "This question befuddled even the teacher"

Definition of Throw

1. n. Pain; especially, pain of travail; throe.

2. n. Time; while; space of time; moment; trice.

3. v. t. 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. v. i. To perform the act of throwing or casting; to cast; specifically, to cast dice.

5. n. The act of hurling or flinging; a driving or propelling from the hand or an engine; a cast.

Definition of Throw

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause an object to move rapidly through the air. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To eject or cause to fall off. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To move to another position; to displace. ¹

4. Verb. (context: ceramics) To make (a pot) by shaping clay as it turns on a wheel. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive cricket) Of a bowler, to deliver (the ball) illegally by straightening the bowling arm during delivery. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive computing) To send (an error) to an exception-handling mechanism in order to interrupt normal processing. ¹

7. Verb. (sports) to intentionally lose a game ¹

8. Verb. (transitive informal) To confuse or mislead. ¹

9. Verb. (figuratively) To send desperately ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To imprison. ¹

11. Verb. To organize an event, especially a party. ¹

12. Verb. To roll (a die or dice). ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To cause a certain number on the die or dice to be shown after rolling it. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive bridge) To discard ¹

15. Verb. (context: martial arts) To lift the opponent off the ground and bring him back down, especially into a position behind the thrower. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To subject someone to verbally. ¹

17. Verb. (transitive said of animals) To give birth to. ¹

18. Verb. (transitive said of one's voice) To change in order to give the illusion that the voice is that of someone else. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive) To show sudden emotion, especially anger. ¹

20. Verb. (transitive) To project or send forth ¹

21. Noun. The flight of a thrown object; as, a fast throw. ¹

22. Noun. The act of throwing something. ¹

23. Noun. A distance travelled; displacement; as, the throw of the piston. ¹

24. Noun. A piece of fabric used to cover a bed, sofa or other soft furnishing. ¹

25. Noun. A single instance, occurrence, venture, or chance. ¹

26. Noun. Pain, especially pain associated with childbirth; throe ¹

27. Noun. (context: veterinary) The act of giving birth in animals, especially in cows. ¹

28. Noun. (obsolete) A moment, time, occasion. ¹

29. Noun. (obsolete) A period of time; a while. ¹

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Definition of Throw

1. to propel through the air with a movement of the arm [v THREW, THROWN, THROWING, THROWS]

Medical Definition of Throw

1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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." . "The bill was thrown out." . To utter; to give utterance to; to speak; as, to throw out insinuation or observation. "She throws out thrilling shrieks." . To distance; to leave behind. 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." . To reject from the stomach; to vomit. To construct hastily; as, to throw up a breastwork of earth. Origin: OE. Rowen, rawen, to throw, to twist, AS. Rawan to twist, to whirl; akin to D. Draaijen, G. Drehen, OHG. Drajan, L. Terebra an auger, gimlet, Gr. To bore, to turn, to pierce, a hole. Cf. Thread, Trite, Turn. Time; while; space of time; moment; trice. "I will with Thomas speak a little throw." (Chaucer) Origin: AS. Rah, rag. 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. "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. "Your youth admires The throws and swellings of a Roman soul." (Addison) 6. 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. A potter's wheel or table; a jigger. See Jigger, 2 . 8. A turner's lathe; a throwe. 9. The amount of vertical displacement produced by a fault; according to the direction it is designated as an upthrow, or a downthrow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Throw

throw (current term)
throw a bone to
throw a fit

Literary usage of Throw

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Raemaekers' Cartoons: With Accompanying Notes by Well-Known English Writers by Louis Raemaekers (1916)
"... THE first throw, of course, was that great rush which was stayed at the Marne by the Genius of Joffre; then there was the throw of the great attack on ..."

2. The Science of Railways by Marshall Monroe Kirkman (1907)
"Single throw Split Switch No. 9; Rigid Frog 12 Feet Long 371 229. ... Single throw Split Switch No. 7; Spring Rail Frog 15 Feet Long 373 232. ..."

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