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

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 Next regret is letting the men vs. women theme throw me off. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Daniel Lue on contracting malaria during The Amazon," 13 Oct. 2020 And Grinnell taught me to throw myself on the ground screaming. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Chase Strangio’s Victories for Transgender Rights," 12 Oct. 2020 Linebacker Owen Pappoe got his arms around Franks on the next play and forced him to throw it away. Giana Han, al, "Instant analysis: Auburn beats Arkansas 30-28," 10 Oct. 2020 If Indianapolis needs to throw it more often — Rivers has averaged just 25 attempts per game the past three weeks — expect the backs to make a bigger impact. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 32 things to watch in Colts-Browns showdown," 10 Oct. 2020 There's too much body roll, and the seats have too little lateral bolstering to throw it around a corner like a GTI. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "45 minutes on the road in a prototype Volkswagen ID.4 electric car," 5 Oct. 2020 The ultimate goal for any artist is to take your influences, throw them in a pot, stir them up, and make your own sound. ... George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bon Jovi digs deep with new ‘2020' album: ‘As you see the world and its injustices, one would hope you grow’," 4 Oct. 2020 He wasn’t deterred by the attempt to throw him off. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU defeats defending AAC champion Memphis on last-minute field goal from Chris Naggar," 3 Oct. 2020 But what if that voter decides to throw it in a trash can on their way out the door? Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, "Washington County still preparing for Election Day," 2 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gardendale answered with Crowder’s throw to Sanders on the final play of the first half. Al.com Staff, al, "Birmingham roundup: Vestavia Hills runs past Spain Park 32-7," 17 Oct. 2020 His catch-and-throw took an Atlanta run off the board after a replay challenge right before Seager’s first homer. Stephen Hawkins, SFChronicle.com, "Dodgers rally to beat Braves, extend NLCS to Game 6," 16 Oct. 2020 This luxe faux fur throw has over 266 5-star reviews and is super, super soft. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best electric blankets to keep you extra cozy this fall," 16 Oct. 2020 Cristian Pavón received the throw-in and crossed for Ethan Zubak to head in. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers trounce LA Galaxy 6-3, improve league-best away goals record," 7 Oct. 2020 Gagner was a throw-in in the deal, a way for the Oilers to shed salary. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Traded by Detroit Red Wings, Andreas Athanasiou won't be re-signed by Edmonton Oilers," 7 Oct. 2020 The 100 seats are placed in pairs on outdoor throw rugs, each pair separated from the next by 7 feet to ensure proper coronavirus social distancing. Doug Maccash, NOLA.com, "Broad Theater debuts a new outdoor venue. Its first screening? The vice-presidential debate.," 6 Oct. 2020 The 22-yard back-shoulder throw Cousins completed to Jefferson, against man coverage from Texans cornerback Phillip Gaines, was the first-round pick’s fourth and final catch on a 103-yard day. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "In Vikings win, rookie Justin Jefferson breaks into the Kirk Cousins 'circle of trust'," 5 Oct. 2020 Matt Joyce’s throw from right field in the fourth inning threw out Chicago’s Willson Contreras at home plate. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde5: Great pitching, Cooper’s HR — five thoughts on Marlins advancing past Cubs," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of throw was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Throw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throw. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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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.

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