throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü How to pronounce threw (audio) \; thrown\ ˈthrōn How to pronounce thrown (audio) \; throwing

Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm throw a baseball
b : to propel through the air in any manner a rifle that can throw a bullet a mile
c : pitch sense 6b threw a no-hitter
2a : to cause to fall threw his opponent
b : to cause to fall off : unseat the horse threw its rider
c : to get the better of : overcome the problem didn't throw her
3a : to fling (oneself) precipitately threw herself down on the sofa
b : to drive or impel violently : dash the ship was thrown on a reef
4a(1) : to put in a particular position or condition threw her arms around him thrown into chaos threw him into prison
(2) : to put on or off hastily or carelessly threw on a coat
b : to bring to bear : exert threw all his efforts into the boy's defense throw their weight behind the proposal
c : build, construct threw a pontoon bridge over the river
5 : to give by way of entertainment throw a party
6 : to indulge in : give way to threw a temper tantrum
7 : to lose intentionally throw a game
8 : to form or shape on a potter's wheel
9 : to deliver (a blow) in or as if in boxing
10a : to make a cast of (dice or a specified number on dice)
b : roll sense 1a throw a bowling ball
11 : to give up : abandon
12 : to send forth : project the setting sun threw long shadows also : shed sense 3c throw some light on the matter
13 : to make (oneself) dependent : commit (oneself) for help, support, or protection threw himself on the mercy of the court
14 : to perform (something, such as a stunt) successfully throwing tricks on a skateboard
15a : to bring forth throws a good crop
b : to give birth to threw large litters
16a : to move (a lever) so as to connect or disconnect parts of a clutch or switch also : to make or break (a connection) with a lever
b : to put (an automobile) in a different gear especially quickly or suddenly he threw the car into reverse
17 : deposit sense 2b the wine throws sediment
18 : to twist two or more filaments of into a thread or yarn
throw cold water on
: to discourage especially through pessimism or indifference
throw money at
: to spend large sums of money on or for especially recklessly or ineffectively trying to solve problems by throwing money at them
throw one's weight around or throw one's weight about
: to exercise influence or authority especially to an excessive degree or in an objectionable manner
throw to the wolves
: to leave unprotected against fierce opposition or attack
throw together
1 : to put together in a hurried and usually careless manner a bookshelf hastily thrown together
2 : to bring into casual association different kinds of people are thrown together— Richard Sennett

throw

noun

Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging
b(1) : an act of throwing dice
(2) : the number thrown with a cast of dice
c : a method of throwing an opponent in wrestling or judo
2 : the distance a missile may be thrown or light rays may be projected
3a : a light coverlet (as for a bed)
b : a woman's scarf or light wrap
4 : an undertaking involving chance or danger : risk, venture
5 : the amount of vertical displacement produced by a geological fault
6a : the extreme movement given to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam, crank, or eccentric : stroke
b : the length of the radius of a crank or the virtual crank radius of an eccentric or cam
a throw
: for each one : apiece copies are to be sold at $5 a throw— Harvey Breit

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Other Words from throw

Verb

thrower \ ˈthrō-​ər How to pronounce thrower (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, toss

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, venture

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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Verb

throw, cast, toss, fling, hurl, pitch, sling mean to cause to move swiftly through space by a propulsive movement or a propelling force. throw is general and interchangeable with the other terms but may specifically imply a distinctive motion with bent arm. can throw a fastball and a curve cast usually implies lightness in the thing thrown and sometimes a scattering. cast it to the winds toss suggests a light or careless or aimless throwing and may imply an upward motion. tossed the coat on the bed fling stresses a violent throwing. flung the ring back in his face hurl implies power as in throwing a massive weight. hurled himself at the intruder pitch suggests throwing carefully at a target. pitch horseshoes sling stresses either the use of whirling momentum in throwing or directness of aim. slung the bag over his shoulder

Verb

throw, toss, and hurl mean to cause something to move swiftly through space often by using the arm. throw is the broadest word and can be used of almost any motion and driving force. The graduates threw their caps in the air. A crash threw the driver from the car. toss is used for a light or careless throwing of something. Let's toss a coin. He tossed the paper into the wastebasket. hurl is used when throwing with strong force. An angry mob hurled rocks.

Examples of throw in a Sentence

Verb

She threw the ball to first base. We threw our hats in the air at the end of the ceremony. Let's see how far you can throw. You throw like a wimp. She threw her coat on the bed. Don't throw your trash on the ground. Throw it in the trash can. The wrestler threw his opponent to the mat. The crash threw the driver from the car. She was thrown from the horse. The storm threw the boat against a reef.

Noun

The quarterback made a perfect throw. He lost all his winnings on his last throw. a discus throw of 200 feet It's a long throw from center field to home plate.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The party was reportedly thrown by Jake Paul in celebration of rapper Desiigner's birthday, and images and videos posted to social media documented the night. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Police Are Investigating Reports That a Woman Was Drugged at Jake Paul's House Party," 6 May 2019 Wooden throwing arms were inserted between the two rope bundles that made up the catapult spring. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Acting childish doesn't have to mean throwing tantrums on the floor, either. Natasha Burton, Woman's Day, "9 Marriage Expectations That Could Destroy Your Relationship," 13 Nov. 2018 On Saturday, April 27, Kim Kardashian threw a CBD-themed baby shower ahead of the birth of her and husband Kanye West's fourth child (this one's arriving via surrogate). Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Threw a CBD-Themed Baby Shower, and It Looks So Chill," 28 Apr. 2019 Ovarian dysfunction can throw these hormones out of whack, leading to PCOS symptoms. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 Life throws all of us painful curveballs, and the only way to survive is to walk right through them with courage, grace, a forgiving spirit, and most of all, hope. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "When Will 'When Calls the Heart' Be Back on TV? Hallmark Announces Season 6 Return Date," 10 Apr. 2019 Every bone in Ruvolo’s face was shattered and the steering wheel bent when the teenager threw the 20-pound turkey at her car. Seattle Times Staff & News Services, The Seattle Times, "This week’s passages," 29 Mar. 2019 Decades ago, shortly after a major storm blew threw the region, the Frenchman and his friends set out to explore seaside caves accessible only at low tide. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He also was held to just three free-throw attempts. Jim Hoehn, The Seattle Times, "Ponds lifts St. John’s past No. 10 Marquette 70-69," 5 Feb. 2019 After former Indiana Pacer George Hill missed the go-ahead free-throw attempt, there were about four seconds left on the clock. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "After J.R. Smith's Game 1 blunder, Lance Stephenson drops an Instagram burn," 1 June 2018 Happ made just 1 of 11 three-pointers (9.1%) and 105 of 191 free-throw attempts (55.0%). Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As expected, Ethan Happ opts to return to Wisconsin for his final season," 30 May 2018 The game included 42 fouls and 59 free-throw attempts between the two teams. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "No. 1 seed Xavier tops Texas Southern, will face Florida State in Round of 32 | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Tyler's winning points came from Brian Warren, who drained a pair of free-throw attempts with 11.8 seconds remaining. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "San Jac's season, program finished after 65-64 loss to Tyler," 10 Mar. 2018 Alfaro’s throw was a laser right on the second-base bag, making the tag easy for shortstop Scott Kingery. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Phillies get another big out from Jorge Alfaro | Extra Innings," 24 May 2018 Ben Zobrist’s throw was in the hands of catcher Victor Caratini before Dietrich even had a chance to slide. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins let lead slip away, lose 4-3 to the Cubs | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018 But Coby Boulware's throw to first was wild and two runs scored to give the Bears a 4-3 lead. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU hobbles back to Fort Worth after first sweep by Baylor in 18 years | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of throw

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for throw

Verb

Middle English thrawen, throwen to cause to twist, throw, from Old English thrāwan to cause to twist or turn; akin to Old High German drāen to turn, Latin terere to rub, Greek tribein to rub, tetrainein to bore, pierce

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throw

verb

English Language Learners Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause (something) to move out of your hand and through the air by quickly moving your arm forward
: to put (something) in a particular place in a careless or forceful way
: to cause (someone or something) to move suddenly or forcefully to or away from a particular place

throw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of throwing something (such as a ball)
: an act of rolling dice
: the distance over which something is thrown or could be thrown

throw

verb
\ ˈthrō How to pronounce throw (audio) \
threw\ ˈthrü \; thrown\ ˈthrōn \; throwing

Kids Definition of throw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to send through the air with a quick forward motion of the arm Throw me a ball.
2 : to put suddenly in a certain position or condition Don't throw trash on the ground. They threw him in prison.
3 : to cause to fall The horse threw its rider.
4 : to put on or take off in a hurry Let me throw on a coat.
5 : to move (the body or part of the body) in a certain way I threw myself on the bed. He threw his arms around her.
6 : to move (as a window or switch) to an open or closed position
7 : to give by way of entertainment Let's throw a party!
throw away
1 : to get rid of : discard
2 : squander, waste Don't throw away your money.
throw out
1 : to get rid of Did you throw out the newspaper?
2 : to remove from a place, position, or participation The ref threw out two players.
3 : to give off The wire threw out sparks.
4 : to cause to project : extend He threw out his arms.
throw up

Other Words from throw

thrower noun

throw

noun

Kids Definition of throw (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of causing something to move with a motion of the arm
2 : the distance something is or may be sent with a motion of the arm

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