Definition of throat
2 : something resembling the throat especially in being an entrance, a passageway, a constriction, or a narrowed part: such asa : the orifice of a tubular organ especially of a plantb : the opening in the vamp of a shoe at the instepc : 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
Examples of throat in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of throat from the Web
A DuPage County jail inmate awaiting trial on armed robbery charges allegedly injured a fellow inmate by slashing his throat in a weekend attack, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Monday.
Other’s wait ‘til the end to tie that proverbial knot in your throat.
Among people in the migraine group, lights of all colors triggered unpleasant physical sensations—including tightness in the chest or throat, shortness of breath, light-headedness and nausea—both during and between attacks.
An autopsy determined she had been beaten and strangled and that her throat had been slit.
It can be caused by issues with the throat muscles or with the brain's ability to signal the muscles to control breathing.
The syrupy slurry coats your throat, relieving scratchiness.
Thank you, her mother said and cleared something hard in her throat.
One pointed a gun at Lee’s head, grabbed her by the throat and pushed her back toward the bathroom.
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Origin and Etymology of throat
Middle English throte, from Old English; akin to Old High German drozza throat
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
First Known Use of throat
THROAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of throat for English Language Learners
: the tube inside the neck that leads to the stomach and lungs
: the front part of the neck
THROAT Defined for Kids
Definition of throat for Students
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
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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