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 3b 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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Deer Park Sophomore Tigers quarterback Ethan Sauceda threw for more yardage than Deer Park High School’s varsity football team did Friday night (120). Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park Sophomore Tigers, Junior Rams suffer TIFI Super Bowl defeats," 11 Nov. 2019 Despite throwing for 397 yards and three touchdowns, Prescott lost to Cousins for the first time after going 4-0 against the former Washington quarterback as a division rival. Schuyler Dixon, chicagotribune.com, "Vikings top Cowboys 28-24 for their 1st road win over a winning team in almost 2 years," 10 Nov. 2019 Ethan Gajewski, Allen Park: Scrambled for two touchdowns and threw for another in the 42-26 victory over Riverview. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football: Vote for offensive player of the week," 10 Nov. 2019 And 46 points, the most a Saban defense has given up since Drew Brees threw for 509 yards and five touchdowns in leading Purdue to a 52-28 win over Saban and Michigan State Oct. 16, 1999. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Why Alabama defensive setback shouldn’t come as a shock," 10 Nov. 2019 The 6-5, 190-pound senior ran for five touchdowns and threw for another as the Cowboys pulled away with a 21-point third quarter, defeating Milton-Union 49-18. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Defending Division IV champ Wyoming advances with a 49-18 defeat of Milton-Union," 10 Nov. 2019 The Mavs broke out the passing game to rally from an early 17-6 second-quarter deficit, with quarterback Brady Veltien throwing for 230 yards with one touchdown through the air and another on the ground. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Colorado Prep Football Rewind, Week 11: Recapping the first round of the 5A playoffs," 9 Nov. 2019 Luke Cohn, who threw for 3,056 yards and an area-best 35 touchdowns in the regular season, was limited to one TD pass for Trinity Prep (5-6). Mike Gramajo, orlandosentinel.com, "TFA tramples Trinity Prep in 3A football," 9 Nov. 2019 That second-place finisher was Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton, who threw for 3,060 yards and 29 touchdowns and also accounted for 734 yards on the ground and six scores. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Everything you forgot about Ron Dayne's magical 1999 run to the NCAA all-time rushing record," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Luca Baum, playing in his first postseason game, scored the opener in the 61st minute after controlling a throw-in and slotting the ball into the bottom corner. BostonGlobe.com, "The Wellesley girls’ soccer team closed out the regular season with four straight losses, shut out in matchups against Dover-Sherborn, Braintree, Newton North, and Natick.," 6 Nov. 2019 The lead lasted until there was just less than 25 minutes to go in the contest when Lakota East midfielder Ethan Seppi found the net off of a throw-in from senior Brady Shapiro. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Lakota East gets by Moeller for first state soccer appearance since 1999," 2 Nov. 2019 Soto, serenaded by fans in left field to celebrate his 21st, was charged with an error for a wild throw home that sailed over the head of Suzuki and a leaping Sánchez, backing up the play. Washington Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1," 26 Oct. 2019 But Soto fired a strong throw home and Chirinos couldn’t beat it. David Waldstein, New York Times, "How the Astros Won Game 4 of the World Series," 26 Oct. 2019 Soto, serenaded by fans in left field to celebrate his 21st, was charged with an error for a wild throw home that sailed over the head of Suzuki and a leaping Sánchez, backing up the play. Howard Fendrich, The Denver Post, "Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC," 25 Oct. 2019 Soto, serenaded by fans in left field to celebrate his 21st, was charged with an error for a wild throw home that sailed over the head of Suzuki and a leaping Sanchez, backing up the play. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Astros cool off the Nationals 4-1 to pull within 2-1 in the World Series," 25 Oct. 2019 On September 24, Poosh's Instagram account posted a photo of Khloé Kardashian kneeling on a bed with all-white linens and wearing nothing but a throw blanket that leaves only a few body parts to the imagination. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Posed in Nothing But a Blanket for Kourtney's New Brand," 25 Sep. 2019 Lamb beat the throw home, sliding across the plate with the go-ahead run. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks reeling after Rockies' walk-off win," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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More Definitions for throw

throw

verb
How to pronounce throw (audio)

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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