throat

noun
\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Definition of throat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : the part of the neck in front of the spinal column
(2) : the passage through the neck to the stomach and lungs
b(1) : voice
(2) : the seat of the voice
2 : something resembling the throat especially in being an entrance, a passageway, a constriction, or a narrowed part: such as
a : the orifice of a tubular organ especially of a plant
b : the opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instep
c : the part of a tennis racket that connects the head with the shaft
3 : the curved part of an anchor's arm where it joins the shank — see anchor illustration
at each other's throats
: in open and aggressive conflict

throat

verb
throated; throating; throats

Definition of throat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to utter in the throat : mutter
2 : to sing or enunciate in a throaty voice

Examples of throat in a Sentence

Noun My throat was dry so I took a sip of water. He held a knife to her throat. His shirt was open at the throat. He grabbed her by the throat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lean your head forward to prevent the blood from going down your throat and into your stomach, which could trigger nausea and restart the bleeding. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 Direct all of your senses to follow the path of air in through your nose, down your throat, into your lungs and out again. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 July 2021 According to the autopsy report, on that day the 31-year-old Mexican citizen committed suicide by lodging a sock down his throat while in ICE custody — a theory that activists still have trouble believing. Javier Arce, The Arizona Republic, 21 May 2021 The Celtics had to keep Slick from stuffing Auerbach’s cigar down his throat. Michael Marot, baltimoresun.com, 13 Apr. 2021 There is a scene where Henry goes into a bathroom and stuffs paper towels down his throat to stifle a raging scream. Essence, 9 Apr. 2021 In an appearance on New Day Friday morning, the network played a clip for Gupta of Trump's phone interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity the night before, during which the president cleared his throat multiple times. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 9 Oct. 2020 An additional video posted on her Facebook page shows the kingsnake shoving the lifeless copperhead down its throat. al, 30 June 2021 When Loki first suggests a truce, Sylvie puts a blade to his throat. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 21 Apr. 2020 Delhiites are now spotting rare birds like gray hornbills and red-throated flycatchers. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2020 Where death enters white armed, white throated, Where the body drops like lightning on rain-moist ground. Patricia Spears Jones, The New Yorker, 9 Mar. 2020 This week, look for white-crowned, white-throated, swamp, and Savannah sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2019 Trump, meanwhile, has hardly been full-throated in his support for Guaidó. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2020 But some turtles, like the Australian white-throated snapping turtle, can absorb oxygen from water through their cloaca – a backside tube that functions as a waste-excreting, breeding and egg-laying zone. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 27 Nov. 2019 The decision prompted a full-throated critique from two justices. S.m. | New York, The Economist, 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of throat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for throat

Noun

Middle English throte, from Old English; akin to Old High German drozza throat

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“Throat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throat. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for throat

throat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throat

: the tube inside the neck that leads to the stomach and lungs
: the front part of the neck

throat

noun
\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Kids Definition of throat

1 : the passage through the neck from the mouth to the stomach and lungs a sore throat
2 : the front part of the neck on the outside

throat

noun
\ ˈthrōt How to pronounce throat (audio) \

Medical Definition of throat

1 : the part of the neck in front of the spinal column
2 : the passage through the throat to the stomach and lungs containing the pharynx and upper part of the esophagus, the larynx, and the trachea

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