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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Mold exposure can result in irritation to the eyes, nose, throat, lungs and skin to anyone, not just those who are allergic to mold. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Mold found in 35 Howard County public schools in past 11 months," 23 July 2019 People are advised not to swim or play in contaminated water to avoid illnesses such as diarrhea, gastrointestinal issues, vomiting, fever, chills or headaches, as well as infections to the eyes, ear, nose and throat. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Panama City Beach access spot advisory remains due to fecal pollution," 17 July 2019 Over 2 years, researchers took nose and throat swabs as well as blood, sputum, and other fluid samples from 4232 children in Bangladesh, Gambia, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, Thailand, and Zambia, all of whom had severe pneumonia. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Viruses—not bacteria—cause most childhood pneumonia," 27 June 2019 Topical exposure to red tides in water can irritate human respiratory systems, as well as the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Talal Ansari, WSJ, "Florida’s Red Tide Killed At Least 174 Dolphins," 27 June 2019 Mumps spreads through direct contact with saliva or respiratory droplets from the mouth, nose or throat. CBS News, "New Jersey jail placed on lockdown following suspected mumps outbreak," 11 June 2019 In the meantime, reducing ear pressure comes down to relieving congestion and swelling in areas like the nose and throat to open up those Eustachian tubes. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s How to Get Relief From Ear Pressure When You’re Sick," 9 Apr. 2019 In addition, the fumes are toxic and can lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, confusion, breathing difficulties, and nose and throat irritation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Kentucky State Police Say a Teen Got His Parents Busted for Allegedly Cooking Meth," 21 Sep. 2018 Of the 166 passengers on board, 30 experienced symptoms, and five were sent to the hospital to get their ears, noses, and throats evaluated. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "This is what happens to your body when an airplane cabin isn’t pressurized," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After handing off some of his final realty projects, Francis stepped down at NAICarolantic and launched full-throated into NHL Seattle. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Two Years From Seattle's Inaugural Season, GM Ron Francis Has So Much to Do," 12 Aug. 2019 His head bleeding, his eyes burning, his mouth and throat raw from salt water, the future 41st President of the United States was alone. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jon Meacham's Eulogy for George H.W. Bush: Read What the President's Biographer Had to Say," 5 Dec. 2018 By the time the final horn sounded and the Penguins’ 2-1 series lead was official and Crosby’s name was announced as the game’s first star, there were barely enough fans left for a weak-throated boo. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "Sidney Crosby once again leaves the Flyers and their fans all wet | Mike Sielski," 16 Apr. 2018 Outside analysts say the 51-year-old state senator faces a difficult choice about how full-throated a campaign to wage against the popular, 84-year-old incumbent. Sarah D. Wire, latimes.com, "De León's challenge in the Senate race: to oppose Feinstein but keep his future intact," 15 June 2018 The dawn chorus was productive, though, providing grasshopper sparrow, scarlet tanager, summer tanager and yellow-throated vireo, to name a few. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 The result is a crowded stage—the choreography resembles a packed aerobics class—and the biggest, richest, most full-throated sound the show's likely ever had. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Lyric’s Jesus Christ is, indeed, a superstar," 1 May 2018 Ryan Hartman to Nashville, Michal Kempny to Washington, Tommy Wingels to Boston—though not as full-throated as the Rangers. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Original Six Outsiders: Trying to Make Sense of Meaningless March Hockey," 27 Mar. 2018 What’s most memorable about the novel, however, is the unadulterated, feminist voice, rarely found so full-throated in mainstream novels. Anita Felicelli, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Girls Burn Brighter,’ by Shobha Rao," 21 Mar. 2018

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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

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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