Definition of Throwback

1. Noun. An organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism.

Exact synonyms: Atavist
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Derivative terms: Atavism, Atavistic

2. Adjective. Characteristic of an atavist.
Exact synonyms: Atavistic
Similar to: Regressive
Derivative terms: Atavist

3. Noun. A reappearance of an earlier characteristic.
Exact synonyms: Atavism, Reversion
Generic synonyms: Recurrence, Return
Derivative terms: Atavist

Definition of Throwback

1. Noun. a reversion to an earlier stage of development ¹

2. Noun. an organism that has characteristics of a more primitive form ¹

3. Noun. atavism ¹

4. Noun. a person similar to an ancestor, or something new similar to what already existed ¹

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Definition of Throwback

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Throwback

throw the book at
throw to the dogs
throw to the wind
throw to the wolves
throw together
throw true
throw under the bus
throw up
throw up one's hands
throwaway line
throwback (current term)
throwing away
throwing board

Literary usage of Throwback

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1. Practical Electric Bell Fitting: A Treatise on the Fitting-up and by Frederick Charles Allsop (1907)
"form of mechanical throwback movement now almost exclusively used. ... The vane is replaced by the pin on the rod of the throwback gear engaging with the ..."

2. A Dictionary of Electrical Words, Terms and Phrases by Edwin James Houston (1903)
"(See Line, Through) throwback Indicator, Electrical (See Indicator, Electric throwback) throwback Indicator, Mechanical — (See Indicator, ..."

3. The English Mechanic and World of Science (1889)
"and tho throwback gear. The movements are about hall-size; but neither in this w the following ... We can now fit the " throwback gear." Looking at Fig. ..."

4. An Inverted Sort of Prayer by Chris F. Needham (2006)
"But then again, Melanie said, she was a bit of a throwback. Yes, a bit of a throwback player of sorts. "Hey, isn't tirât what they call you, Mr Pretty? ..."

5. Vision for a New IRS: Report of the National Commission on Restructuring the Bob Kerry by Bob Kerry (1998)
"Repeal of throwback rules for domestic trusts The proposal would repeal the throwback rules applicable to domestic trusts. Changes made to the fiduciary ..."

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