throw

verb
\ ˈthrō \
threw\ ˈthrü \; thrown\ ˈthrōn \; 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 3c 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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for throw

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, loft, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, toss

Synonyms: Noun

adventure, chance, crapshoot, enterprise, flier (also flyer), flutter [chiefly British], gamble, speculation, venture

Antonyms: Noun

sure thing

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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

It’s more about the DJs who tend to throw parties in various random warehouses or venues. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Cool Girl’s Guide to Toronto," 27 Dec. 2018 Hyundai threw a party that included an Alanis Morissette concert. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Shows Used to Be Amazing—And They Might Be Again," 5 Dec. 2018 Further Reading Russian hackers throw Trump victory party with new spear phishing campaign The spear-phishing campaign began last Wednesday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Russia’s Cozy Bear comes out of hiding with post-election spear-phishing blitz," 20 Nov. 2018 Other friends including Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx even recently threw a surprise party for the singer, hiring a Mariachi band to perform. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Trolled Fans With a Photo of Her Kissing Her Cousin," 19 Nov. 2018 Pictures of the nuptials revealed the former couple threw a beach party for their friends, which lasted long into the night. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's trouble with her father may date all the way back to her first wedding in 2011," 15 Aug. 2018 In Matchmaker Santa, a baker (another baker!) who is dating a fancy CEO is thrown into compromising situations with her boyfriend’s BFF, who is harboring a secret crush on her. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 Griffin appeared to bat down a pass from 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens to former Washington Husky star Dante Pettis before the flag was thrown by Peter Morelli’s officiating crew. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks set new single-game franchise record for penalty yards in stunning overtime loss to 49ers," 16 Dec. 2018 Amazon and Google haven't played nicely with each other over the past few years, but consumers were just thrown a bone. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Chromecasts are finally available from Amazon again," 13 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Saturday the Grand Valley State recruit won the discus with a throw of 158-1, which was 1 inch shy of her season best in the event. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state meet report: Athletes of the day, record-setting performances," 2 June 2018 Mount Notre Dame senior Sydney Jefferson also reached the podium, placing fourth with a throw of 42-00.5. Division II Clark Montessori had the best finish of all local boys programs in Div. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Meet of champions: Here are Greater Cincinnati's OHSAA track and field champions," 2 June 2018 Perry Meridian's Sadie Hall won the discus with a throw of 142-7, and teammate Iyanla Hunter took the 400 in 58.39. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "From home-schooled runner to state champ? This Pike half-miler is on track," 15 May 2018 His teammate, Nolan Daggs, won gold in the discus with a throw of 176-1. Rick Mauch, star-telegram, "Local athletes shine at Day 1 of UIL State Track and Field Meet | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 In the boys’ javelin, Mainland’s Kobe Roberts took third with a throw of 199 feet, 10 inches. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Neumann-Goretti girls set 4×800 school record at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018 Colonial senior Georgette Simpson won the girls discus with a personal best throw of 130 feet, 8 inches. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, ""Region of Death" track and field report | West Orange girls, Brantley boys take titles," 26 Apr. 2018 Roberts raced home uncontested on the errant throw, but it was ruled that Roberts had to return to third base. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Softball: Dawson ekes out 1-0 victory over Pearland," 9 Mar. 2018 But there was a throw to make — one that could save a 3-2 win over the Orioles — and there was no time to adjust. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies top Orioles behind Zach Eflin's gem, Maikel Franco's big play," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of throw

Verb

13th 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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throw

verb

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 \
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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